BOISE, Idaho — A flameless candlelight vigil was held in honor of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan Sunday, June 14, at the Idaho State Capitol building at 8:30 p.m.
Attendees of the event were asked to wear blue, purple or orange in support of the children and child abuse awareness. They also wore masks or face coverings to limit the spread of COVID-19. The vigil was open to all ages, welcome for anyone to attend to come and pay their respects.
Blue and orange glow sticks were be passed out to the public, as well as bubbles to be used after the final prayer. Both were in limited supply. Flameless candles, flowers and stuffed animals were permitted.
Around one hundred people showed up to pay their respects and show support for the kids' grandparents.
Organizers in the Boise community came together to create the vigil. Although they told Idaho News 6 they feared the worst because the children were missing for so many months, they never suspected this kind of tragedy would happen in Idaho.
"Even though we already kind of knew the outcome, it is very sad, it is crazy to see what has actually happened and what has come out of this," said Kala England, who organized the vigil. "It's just so devastating, especially for the family. I've been in contact with the family and they are very heartbroken."
Organizers of the vigil livestreamed the event to the Vallow's grandparents. They also read a statement from the grandparents and conducted a prayer on their behalf.
For more information on the vigil, click here.