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Remembering Chyenne

Updated: Oct 15, 2013 06:16 PM

She's been gone for two years, but on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, students in East Dubuque, Ill. got the chance to formally remember their classmate.

In September 2013, the body of 14 year old Chyenne Kircher was found buried in the back of her home after disappearing in 2011.

Her step father is charged with her murder.

Now, in front of the school, there is a memorial to Chyenne.

"She was honestly one the happiest people I have ever met," says classmate Emery Rowe.

And now, Chyenne's smile will forever be seen at the front of East Dubuque High School.

Today, hundreds of her fellow students came out on the lawn to remember a student, classmate and friend.

"I think it helps a lot of people in the school to remember that she wasn't just somebody," says Rowe. "She meant something to people. She was a friend. She was a sister. She wasn't just a single person. She was Chyenne."

Since the school learned about her death - classmates started selling wristbands with Chyenne's name  - and the words, "Shine On."

The $1,000 raised was going to pay for a small memorial.

That was before two people from the community stepped forward and donated all of the materials for the memorial.

Now the money raised will go to a scholarship in Chyenne's name for two of her former classmates.

"It feels good to give a girl that deserved a legacy. A legacy that maybe she couldn't have left behind herself," says a former teacher of Chyenne's, Amy Ricks.

But even though many people say Chyenne is missed, the memorial helps them move into the next part of the grieving process, acceptance.

"I'm just glad that we could do something to honor her memory," says Rowe. "Even though it doesn't seem like there is anything else we could do. But this is something."