2 candlelight vigils, public visitation to be held this week for Mariah Woods


This week, neighbors of Mariah Woods, the formerly missing child whose body was found in a creek after she had been missing for days, will hold a two vigils to honor her short life.

A public visitation has been scheduled for Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

The first vigil will take place on Tuesday at the intersection of Dawson Cabin Road and Earnest King Road at 7 p.m.

The other vigil is scheduled for Sunday night, December 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the intersect

Photos of Mariah Woods (Photo: Family)

ion of Dawson Cabin Road and High Hill Road.

December 10 is Worldwide Candle Lightning Day, a day in which “people around the world gather to light candles for children who have died,” “to show that they will always be loved and never forgotten.

People continue to stop by the makeshift memorial near her home in Onslow County, leaving cards, flowers and teddy bears.

Authorities found the girl’s body Saturday.

Earl Kimrey, the man charged in connection with her death, was in court Monday.

Mariah’s case is the eleventh Amber Alert in North Carolina this year, but the first to end without the safe return of the child.

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