Family, friends, strangers attend vigil for Amberly Barnett

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Thursday night the community came together to honor the life of 11-year-old Amberly Barnett. Amberly’s body was found Saturday after she was reported missing last week.

Hundreds of people gathered in Centre, Alabama to memorialize Amberly. Family, friends and complete strangers came out to pay their respects.

“We just pray right now that you will just bring strength to this family.” After a brief prayer dozens of black and blue balloons were released in honor of Amberly.

“An amazing person. She would always be there for me, lives about half a mile apart and every time I was upset she would ride her bike down there,” said Alissa Burmett, Amberly’s best friend.

The 11-year-old from Dekalb county was murdered last weekend. The suspect, her neighbor 33-year-old Christopher Madison. Dozens of people gathered for a candlelight vigil and remember her short life taken too soon.

“My world, my hero, my universe. She lit up the room when she come in, she always had a wonderful smile,” expressed John Wayne Barnett, Amberly’s grandfather.

Family and complete strangers comforted her grandfather, who called her an angel on earth. John Wayne Barnett said Amberly helped him get through several tours in Afghanistan.

“I would call her and she would say paw-paw I love you and she would do a little dance. I could hear her in the background do a little dance. Man I had to come home,” Barnett explained.

Her best friend said Amberly would be in tears right now to see all the people who came out to show her love.

“It’s an amazing turnout. I know that she’s up there catching some of them balloons,” Burmett said.

Amberly Barnett’s funeral will be held Friday in Cedartown, Georgia.

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