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Dozens Gather For Unveiling of Erica Baker Memorial
KETTERING -- The entire community now has a place to pay tribute to missing Kettering child Erica Baker. Saturday morning at David's Cemetery, friends and family gathered to unveil the monument.
Misty Baker always called her daughter, Erica, her little butterfly. Now butterflies sit on Erica's memorial headstone. The monument still lists Erica as missing.
"I'm not ready for this emotionally, to let go and say goodbye, that kind of thing," she said.
Erica disappeared while walking her dog in February of 1999 when she was just 9 years old.
Christian Gabriel was the only person to serve time for her disappearance. He admitted he was in the van that hit and killed Erica. Then he says he and his friends hide her body somewhere. It's never been found. But even today, Erica's family isn't giving up hope.
"Maybe he's lying, Maybe he sold her for drugs. People tell me to get over it, I want to smack them. But I just can't get over it," Misty said.
Misty says this memorial is more for the community to give everyone a place to go to honor her little girl and serve as a reminder that she still hasn't been found.
"She's not been found yet, please keep looking," Misty said.
The community is encouraged to visit the monument every year on Feb. 7, the day Erica disappeared.
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