Kentucky girl, 7, found murdered after she disappeared from peewee game

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SCOTTSVILLE, KY – Kentucky State Police continue to investigate the death of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found Saturday night behind a high school in Scottsville, Kentucky during a peewee football jamboree.

It was a huge peewee football event with teams from four counties and lots of children. Brian and Amy Doolin lost their daughter Gabby in the crowd around 7:40 p.m. They immediately asked the announcer to call her name.

“It come over the intercom. After the third time, shut it down, and we quit, and the entire community started looking for her. We had a complete lockdown of the school. I mean it was super quick,” family friend Mike Willoughby said.

But it was too late. Just 25 minutes later Gabby was found down by the creek. Police say she was murdered.

On Sunday night, more than 600 people gathered for a candlelight vigil. Even the Doolin’s, in their unbearable pain, came. They were held upright and encircled by love.

“We as a community, Brian, stand with you. This whole town stands with you tonight. Amen. We are praying for you. We are crying with you. We are mourning with you,” Keith Patrick, a pastor and family friend, said.

Scottsville, Kentucky is a town of just 4,000 people. Everyone knows everyone, Patrick said.

“We are a great city, a great community. We love one another. You never expect it, but it’s a constant reminder evil has no borders or boundaries. Just like Paris, you wake up and something happens like that in your own backyard,” he added.

No one could even attempt an explanation. They simply said prayers for the family and for justice.

Brian Doolin could barely speak. “I love you. I ain’t no speaker, but I have love in my heart. Hold those babies tight hold. I’d love to hold just one more time, just hold her tight,” he said.

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