Delphi pours out in support of grieving families of murdered teens

Mourners line up outside Delphi High School Saturday night (WTHR photo JIm Johnston)
Libby and Abby remembered
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DELPHI, Ind. (WTHR) - Days after two Delphi teenage girls were found dead in a wooded area of town, the community came together to pay their respects to the girls' families.

Delphi has a population around 3000 people, and it seemed like every single resident came to the high school Saturday evening - first for the visitation and then a lantern launching after dark.

It was their way of letting these grieving families know they care.

"I'm here to support my community, not as a queen but as a resident of Delphi,"said Nallely Garcia-Nava as she wore her Ms. Indianapolis sash. "I've been here for almost 10 years and I'm very humbled to be a part of my community and to show support anyway I can,"

Garcia-Nava may hold the title of Ms. Indianapolis.but on this day she was one of thousands standing in line for the grieving families of Abby Williams and Libby German.

"This is not surprising because this is Delphi. We're all for one and one for all," said Garcia-Nava.

The line started forming an hour before the doors opened for the visitation and stretched all the way down the front of Delphi High School the entire four hours.

"I kept thinking it's not true, it's not real it's not real, but it was," said Abbie Potts, a Delphi ninth grader.

"I'm worried about other children about what could happen," said Mackenzie Clark, a Delphi teen.

"As a mom as a parent as a community member, we have to get it together as a community it hurts," said Yolanda Cruz, a Delphi mom.

After the sun set, the skies over Delphi lit up in a brilliant display of the love and loss, hearts breaking, but spirits lifting in an unbreakable bond.

As hard as things were Saturday, they get even harder Sunday with the funerals and final goodbyes for Abby and Libby.

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