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Candlelight Vigil Remembers Slain Girl

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LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroners Office confirmed that the body found yesterday afternoon is of 10-year-old Jade Morris and said the girl was stabbed to death.

The community is coming together to remember her life as police work to hold her killer accountable.

A candlelight vigil was held at the Casa De Luz House of Light as the grief, pain and the tears were almost too much to take for those that loved Jade Morris.

Some knew the little girl and others she never met gathered to console and to comfort each other as Pastor Ryan Birrell lead the vigil.

"As we look around here tonight we see the children that are here and we hold them a little bit tighter, we kiss them a little bit more, and that's what we take," Birrell said.

Jade's best friend Tonya Evans is praying for the family tonight during the grieving period.

"You have no idea how hard this is for the family and for those of us who really knew her and loved her," Evans said. "I hoped that they would find her and that she would be ok and not hurt."

While the community mourns the child's death, the Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Jade was stabbed and killed. 

"Of course our sympathies go to the family, in this very difficult time," Murphy said.

Murphy said through dental records and facial recognition they were able to positively identify the body, which was found in a grassy area of an abandoned housing complex.

Despite the tragedy, Jade's friends said with the help of the community they will get through this.

"I cannot imagine the pain that her mom is going through," Evans added. "It's nice to know that the people in the community are pulling together and doing something for Jade.

Investigators said Brenda Jean Stokes, who was the last person seen with Jade Morris, is not cooperating with the investigation.

Stokes has been in custody at the Clark County Detention Center since Metro Police said she attacked a coworker at the Bellagio last week.

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