|Updated: 12/03/2012 10:22 pm
||Published: 12/03/2012 9:49 pm
GREENBRIER, AR – A decade after she was killed by a man she met online, friends and family of Kacie Woody met at Greenbrier High School Monday night to remember her life.
"Kacie was a loving caring person,” said Sgt. Rick Woody, Kacie’s dad. “She was a friend to everyone and that's what we want to celebrate tonight is the kind of person Kacie was."
Kacie met 47-year-old David Fuller, who was posing as a teenager, in a Christian chat room online. After spending several months collecting information about Kacie, Fuller flew out from his California home and abducted Kacie. Police say Fuller raped and killed Kacie before committing suicide.
One hundred people gathered at the high school’s football field to light lanterns and release them into the sky.
“We thought it would be really special to get all of us together and celebrate together that we knew her,” said Samantha Mann, a friend of Kacie.
“We want them to remember the fun loving girl that always made us laugh,” said Jessica Bradford.
Those in attendance also wanted to raise awareness about internet predators, saying parents have to stay vigilant.
Sgt. Woody: "Parents, you have to watch your children and get involved in their lives and be nosy. We have to step on some toes and make them a little unhappy. We have to be aware of everything that's going on in their lives especially, when it comes to the internet."
"Everyone thinks ‘this won't happen to me, this happens to people in big cities’ but the reality is things like this do happen around here," said Mann.