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Aliayah Lunsford Remembered on 2nd Anniversary of Disappearance

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On Tuesday evening family, friends, and even strangers gathered in front of the Lewis County Courthouse to keep hope alive for Aliayah Lunsford.

Lunsford disappeared from her Weston home on September 24, 2011.

On Tuesday music was played, prayers were spoken, and tears were shed as the second anniversary of Lunsford's disappearance was remembered.

Balloons were released and candles were lit to remind everyone that the search for her has not stopped.

Aliayah's aunt, Tina Smith, and great-aunt, Vickie Bowen, said they have not lost hope.

"We don't want Aliayah to be forgotten. We want to keep her face and her information out there so if someone hasn't seen it in the past, has seen it now," Smith said.

"We don't know where she is, we don't know if she's alive or if she's dead. We just need people to stay on the lookout. We can't give up, we're not going to give up and we've never thought of giving up," Bowen said.

Family friends Sherry Kyer-Toms and Dave King organized the vigil. Kyer-Toms said they will have it every year until Lunsford is found.

Family and friends were giving out pins, stickers, and ribbons with Aliayah's name and picture on them to keep her in people's thoughts.

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