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Vigil held to remember Emma Redlinger

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VINTON (KWWL) -

A vigil held Sunday to remember 14-year old Emma Redlinger, a Vinton girl shot in the head last week.

Redlinger died at an Iowa City Hospital Saturday afternoon after another teen accidentally shot her the head last week.

Police are investigating the case as an accident.

Dozens of family, friends and even complete strangers came together at First Christian Church in Vinton Sunday evening during their darkest hours.

"Her laugh is like no other...." said Josh Rake, one of Emma's friends. "I mean, I miss her laugh. She had a very very colorful personality."

Redlinger - a high school freshmen and a young girl her family says was beautiful and intelligent.

"Enlightening, she makes us so happy and she would bring the energy into the room that nobody else would be able to," said Rake.

Rake says Emma's loss has rocked the entire town

"Our community has been through a lot this year between suicides and deaths," said Jennie Anderson, spokesperson FirstChristiann Church. "And it's especially hit our young people hard."

Emma's death has hit home for so many in Vinton, KWWL cameras weren't allowed inside during the actual prayer vigil.

Family and friends wanted to mourn her life in peace.

"Sometimes just getting together in a safe place and being able to express," said Anderson

Hundreds of candles rest in the church's santuary, likely a representation of every person Emma touched.

"She was an outgoing person. She would do anything she could for anyone that needed help."

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