WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Family and friends of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd were gathering to pass out flyers and pray for her safe return as the news broke Monday afternoon.
"Right now I'm feeling shocked and hurt because I want to know where my granddaughter is," says George Turner, Relisha's grandfather.
Relisha's grandparents and great grandmother faced mixed emotions as they heard the news that the man who was last seen with Relisha was found dead. "It's bad news because we don't know who where she is or who has her," says Mary Young, Relisha's great-grandmother. "It's a good thing one way and it's a bad thing another way," says George. "It leaves a whole lot of unanswered questions."
"It means a lot to see all these people," says George. But the dark reality that Relisha is still missing, doesn't escape them for long. "I just want my sweet pea back home," says Young.
As family members marched arm-in-arm, their community behind them through the streets of Southeast. D.C., they begged for answers. "She's somewhere out there and if anybody knows where she's at they would find it in their heart and come forward," says Young.
Organizers of the vigil, Manpower DC, say they plan to have another vigil this coming Sunday at 4:00. A location has not been announced.