OGDEN -- Tears shed at a public memorial at Ben Lomond High School on Thursday night for Emilie Parker were not reserved only for those who knew her well.
Hundreds of people from throughout the area openly wiped away tears as a video featuring pictures of the little girl's life was played.
"At last I see the light. And it's like the fog has lifted ... now that I see you," were some of the words of one song that accompanied the photos.
Trish Montgomery spoke through tears following the memorial as she said she didn't know Emilie's immediate family.
"I just think we should come to support them," she said. "They are going through a tough time. ... I hope it never happens again."
"We are wanting them to feel our love, and we thought this was the best way," said Heather Turner of her attendance at the memorial. She went to school with Emilie's father, Robbie Parker .
"They deserve lots of love and support," said Allison Nixon, who also said she went to school with Emilie's parents.
"They are just naturally good people," she said of the Parker family.
Tiffannee Bradley, 16, said she baby-sat Emilie at a church activity awhile back.
She embraced her mother for a long while after the memorial was over.
"It's a different story when you have met her," she said of Emilie. "She had the biggest smile. She just lit up the room."
Tiffannee said of all the children she was watching that day, Emilie was the most content, wanting everyone to be happy.
Hundreds also gathered in the cold outside while paper lanterns were lighted and released into the sky.
"She was 6," said Marissa Wilkinson, 17, a student at Fremont High School. "She didn't get a chance to experience life."