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Published:February 10th, 2009 14:47 EST
Memorial Held For Caylee Anthony

Memorial Held For Caylee Anthony

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Hundreds of mourners remembered slain Florida toddler Caylee Anthony in a music-filled service Tuesday, months after her mysterious disappearance inspired dozens of volunteers to search for her body before and after her mother was charged with killing her.

`There are days you don`t know what to say and these are one of these days,` said Pastor David Uth, who offered a `prayer of peace` for Casey Anthony, who was in the Orange County Jail less than a mile away, facing a first-degree murder charge. She has pleaded not guilty and claims a baby sitter kidnapped Caylee.

Casey Anthony could have asked for permission to watch the memorial broadcast live on TV but didn`t, according to jail officials. The 22-year-old said in a statement read by her attorney that she missed Caylee `every day and every minute of every day.`"

The Associated Press (AP)

This AP article isn`t entirely accurate, the saga of the missing toddler inspired not dozens but thousands of volunteers to search for her body. The disappearance of little Caylee touched all of us and we desperately hoped that she would be found alive, and we were devastated when her remains were found.

Hundreds of mourners attended the memorial service for Caylee, many of them strangers who traveled hundreds and even thousands of miles to pay their respects to the unforgettable little girl.

While strangers were mourning the death of Caylee her mom was in a jail less than a mile away, not even bothering to watch the memorial broadcast on TV. The pastor who presided over the memorial service offered a prayer of peace for Casey Anthony, but there should be no peace for the wicked. I hope that Casey doesn`t enjoy peace until she comes clean and confesses that she is responsible for the death of her daughter.

But I pray that Caylee`s grandparents, Cindy and George, will find a measure of peace. They will never have closure, the pain will never go away, but I hope they find the strength to persevere.

Caylee is gone, but those of us who have young children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews should shower them with love, we never know when they will leave us.