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Investigation continues into Kentucky child's death; vigil held

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A candlelight vigil was held Sunday in memory of 8-year-old Gabriella Doolin, who was found murdered near the high school football stadium on Saturday night. A candlelight vigil was held Sunday in memory of 8-year-old Gabriella Doolin, who was found murdered near the high school football stadium on Saturday night.
Gabriella Doolin's body was found Saturday night behind Allen County HS in Scottsville, KY. Kentucky State Police are handling her death as a homicide. Gabriella Doolin's body was found Saturday night behind Allen County HS in Scottsville, KY. Kentucky State Police are handling her death as a homicide.
SCOTTSVILLE, KY (WSMV) -

A 7-year-old girl was found dead on Saturday night near a high school football stadium and police suspect murder.

Around 600 people in the community came together for a vigil on the Scottsville town square on Sunday to pray and remember Gabriella Doolin.

The Doolin family were attending a youth football game at Allen County-Scottsville High School when Gabby disappeared in the small crowd.

Brian and Amy Doolin lost their daughter in the crowd at 7:40 p.m. They immediately asked the stadium announcer to call her name.

“It came over the intercom the third time and they shut it down,” said family friend Mike Willoughby. “We quit and the entire community started looking for her. We had a complete lockdown of the school. I mean it was super quick.”

It wasn’t quick enough. Gabby Doolin was found in a creek, apparently murdered, about 400 yards away from the stadium.

The news has been unbearable for people in Scottsville, which has a population of about 4,000. More than 500 people attended the candlelight vigil.

Even Brian and Amy Doolin attended, held upright by and encircled by love.

“We, as a community Brian, stand with you. This whole town stands with you tonight,” said pastor Keith Patrick. “We are praying for you. We are crying with you. We are mourning with you.”

“We are a great city, a great community,” said Willoughby. “We love one another. You never expect it. But it’s a constant reminder that evil has no borders or boundaries.

“Just like Paris, you wake up and something happens like that in your own backyard.”

No one attempted an explanation for what happened, they simply said to pray for the family and pray for justice.

“I love you. I ain’t no speaker, but I have love in my heart,” said Brian Dooley at the vigil. “Hold those babies tight. I’d love to hold Gabby just one more time, just hold her tight.”Allen County Sheriff Jeff Cooke posted a message to the family and community on his personal Facebook page, which was then shared by the Sheriff’s Office. It reads, in full:

I want to thank our community for all the help and support you are giving and have given to the Doolin family and law enforcement agencies. The help last night will never go unnoticed in my heart. We have a special bond in our community and it's been rocked to it's core. I cannot say a lot, but believe me we are trying to do everything with our boundaries that is allowed. Please continue to pray do this family and our community. I will update you when I can. Thank you for all the calls and concern, we are blessed to have the support we have.”

In the meantime, many in the area are sharing their sympathies on a public Facebook group with the goal of assisting the family and raising money.

Kentucky State Police sent the body to Louisville, KY, for an autopsy, which was completed late Sunday afternoon. KSP said they are narrowing a suspect list and finding the suspect is a top priority.

Scottsville is just over 50 miles northeast of Nashville and is just north of Westmoreland.

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