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  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Janet Tinsley is surrounded by community members Sunday at April's Gardenafter a candlelight vigil for her daughter, April Tinsley, at Fairfield Elementary School.

Monday, July 30, 2018 1:00 am

Vigil held for April Tinsley at her former elementary

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Candlelight glowed under overcast skies Sunday evening as more than 50 people gathered at Fairfield Elementary School to remember April Tinsley, the student who was killed 30 years ago.

The vigil happened two weeks after John D. Miller, 59, of Grabill was arrested and charged with April's murder. He is being held at the Allen County Jail without bond and has pleaded not guilty. He has a court hearing Friday.

April's mother thanked everyone for attending and thinking of her daughter, who was 8.

“Her memory is never going to die,” Janet Tinsley said.

She stood a few yards away from a new tribute to April near the flagpole: a flowering crabapple tree donated by Hoot Landscape & Design of Fort Wayne and a bench donated by Polywood of Syracuse.

The donations are a positive way to remember April, Principal Lindsay Amstutz said. She noted a plaque will be added to the memorial.

The vigil, which included the playing of song “Dancing in the Sky,” came a day after an event was held for April at her garden memorial about a mile from the school, at Masterson and Hoagland avenues.

“Maybe we'll have many, many more of these,” Tinsley said Sunday.

asloboda@jg.net