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Candle vigil gives hope to families seeking justice

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EVANSDALE (KWWL) -

Friends and family gathered Wednesday to remember Evelyn Miller who was killed in 2005.

A jury found her killer, Casey Frederiksen, guilty of murder on Tuesday.

A candlelight vigil was held in Angels Park in Evansdale to celebrate that justice is finally served.

"My granddaughter got justice this week," said Evelyn's grandmother, Linda Christie.

Paper lanterns floated into the setting sky to keep her memory alive and to give hope to families still waiting to find peace.

Like Drew and Heather Collins -- they're still waiting to find the person or persons who killed their daughter and niece in 2012.

Drew seeks guidance from Evelyn's father.

"He's kept it together pretty good, and so I look to him for that. He's been a pretty good role model," said Collins.

"Hopefully Lyric and Elizabeth will get justice," said Evelyn's grandmother.

Hope: everyone has it. But for a grieving father, impatience is inevitable.

"Ten years would be a long time to wait. But it's going to be as long as it is," said Collins.

Friends lit candles for the girls gone too soon, and the Collins and Christie family shared a private moment together to reflect.

Drew Collins is still hanging on.

"It may take years, months, it may be tomorrow. We don't know. I'm just holding on and waiting for that day."

"There's always hope," said Linda Christie. "There's always hope."

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