APPLE CREEK, OH -- The loved ones and friends of Reann Murphy spent some time remembering her Sunday night.
The loss of the 9-year-old is confusing and troubling for everyone involved. Some describe it as the most horrific 24 hours, which has also been very emotional.
Dozens of people gathered in the Village of Apple Creek to say their goodbyes to the young girl, who was murdered and left in a Smithville dumpster.
"She was the best thing that ever happened to me and now this is the hardest thing that's ever happened to me in my life," said the girl's father, Richard Murphy.
Murphy held back tears at Sunday's vigil in Wayne County.
"We don't lose faith; we trust and believe in God and stick together," added Reann's uncle, Ken Murray.
While the victim's uncle is relying on a higher power, Sunday night's crowd lit candles and shared hugs. Some even made signs that read "We love you, Reann."
Everyone at the emotional event was just trying to make sense of the loss of such a vibrant and beautiful little girl.
"It's just amazing so many people can pull together in such a horrible time," said Reann's aunt, Paula Watts.
"She was just awesome. The last time I saw her was Thanksgiving. We was playing pool," Murphy said.
People also expressed their disgust when it comes to how Reann died, and how her body was discovered Sunday morning. They tell Fox 8 nobody should ever die that way.