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Vigils for 14-year-old girl found dead in abandoned Cleveland house

CLEVELAND-- Two vigils were held Wednesday to remember a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in an abandoned house on Cleveland's east side.

Alianna Defreeze was last seen on surveillance video on Jan. 26 just before 7 a.m. Cleveland police said she was getting off an RTA bus at East 93rd Street and Kinsman Avenue to go to school, but she never made it.

Officers were searching for the teen on Sunday when they discovered a body in an abandoned house on Fuller Avenue. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the deceased as Defreeze.

One vigil was held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at East 93rd Street and Fuller Avenue. The Defreeze family was briefly there. A second began at 5:30 p.m. at the Fourth District Police Station on Kinsman Road.

On Saturday, the Defreeze family will host a news conference and candlelight vigil at 3:30 p.m. near the Fuller Avenue house. They are encouraging people to bring teddy bears.

"If you are outraged at the brutal murder of this beautiful child, come and stand with us. If you are tired and angry about the murders in our streets and neighborhoods, come stand with us. If you have been a victim of violence or know someone who is a victim, come stand with us," a family spokeswoman said in a news release.

Cleveland police said officers and agents are conducting sweeps in the neighborhood to speak with anyone who may have seen Alianna.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 216-623-5464 or Crime Stoppers at 216-525-7463. You can text "TIP657" and your message to 274637. Tips can remain anonymous and there is a $22,500 reward available.

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Story updated at 12:20 p.m. with information on a second vigil. Updated at 12:59 p.m. with details on clergy news conference. Updated at 1:11 p.m. with Saturday vigil.