Hundreds Mourn Slain Washington Girl at Vigil

Slain Washington Girl Mourned at Vigil
Jenise Wright
FBI/AP

08/09/2014 AT 02:20 PM EDT

Several hundred people turned out Friday night for a vigil to honor a 6-year-old Washington girl found murdered several days after she disappeared from her Bremerton-area home.

Authorities say an autopsy has confirmed that a body found in the woods near the mobile home park where Jenise Wright lived was that of the little girl who vanished last weekend. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer repeated a promise made earlier in the day when the little girl was formally identified. He said that while Jenise is gone, "We can and we will find justice for her."

The Wright family's pastor, Chris Byron, attended the vigil. The Kitsap Sun reports that he said the little girl's mother, Denise Wright, wanted to thank the search and law-enforcement personnel who have worked on the case. The girl's father, James Wright, issued a statement through Byron, saying that he hopes "something positive can come from this tragedy."

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