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Friends and family hold vigil for Cara Holley

Family and friends gathered in a Roanoke schoolyard Saturday night seeking solace and comfort, one day after a teenage girl turned up dead.

July 12, 2010|James Tompkins | Producer

Cara Holley, vigil, Roanoke — Family and friends gathered in a Roanoke schoolyard Saturday night seeking solace and comfort, one day after a teenage girl turned up dead.

On Thursday, a family member reported Cara Holley missing when she didn't show up for an appointment. Clues eventually led authorites to the teen's body in neighboring Franklin County. Police have charged Carey Padgett with the 18-year-old's death.

More than 100 people came out to Patrick Henry High School to remember Cara Holley.

They brought photos, shirts printed with her face, and memories.

"I love my girl, and I miss her so much," said Cara's father Mike Holley.

He held his daugher's photo close as he spoke at her vigil.

"I miss my girl, and I'm just so impressed with all the people and what everybody's done," he said.

Her mother, Lisa, spoke of how Cara touched so many people.

"Cara changed the world," she said. "The world is going to be a different place without her, but it's another place because of her, I know that."

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Jacob, Cara's boyfriend of almost seven years, tried to look on the bright side.

"Let's celebrate her living, what she did for us, how nice she was how sweet how caring," he said. "She was a breath of fresh air."

"She never said a bad word about anybody, always thought good of people," said Cara's stepmom. "If she could help somebody she did."

"I'm going to carry on for Cara, and that's all I can do," said Mike. "That's all I can do."

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