9 Years Later: Vigil Held for Missing Girl

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- She went missing nine years ago Tuesday.

Tuesday night, loved ones of a girl who disappeared walking home from school on Cleveland's West Side want people to know they are still looking for her.

Police and the family of Gina DeJesus believe she was abducted when she was leaving school on Lorain Avenue in 2004. Her family hopes she is still alive and out there somewhere.

At a vigil held Tuesday night, people held signs that read "Where is Gina?" on the corner of West 105th Street and Ignatius, where she was last seen on April 2, 2004.

Gina was just 14.

Her mother is asking anyone who may have been in the area on the day she went missing to come forward with any information.

"It's been very hard on me," said Gina's mother, Nancy Ruiz. "I'm asking from my heart and I'm begging, and I know Gina is out there, and Gina, if you can see this, honey, know and trust that I love you. We will never give up this fight. We will fight until the end to bring you home, and know that we love you."

Anyone with information on Gina DeJesus is asked to call Cleveland police or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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