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Quitman mourns lost girls


POSTED: Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 9:44pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:40am

It's been more than two weeks since the two Quitman toddlers were found dead, and the town is mourning their loss. Sad and in shock, the community in Quitman told me they weren't ready to forget the loss of Gabriella Guerrero and Natalye Price. This time last month, the girls were happy and alive.

"When one got separated, the other one was lost without her...but when they were together they giggled and played. They were happy go lucky little girls, " said neighbor, Selma Bell.

The two and three-year-old were found unresponsive at Dogwood Villa Apartments in late July. Police reports list the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

"It's like a part of me is missing because I never got to say goodbye to those children," said Bell.

The girls knew Bell as granny. Bell remembers watching the girls play at the apartment complex.

"I was suppose to be here to protect those babies. I was at work," Bell said.

She said the absence of their laughter has left a hole in her heart.

"I thought I was the only one...No, the town is taking this really, really bad," said Bell.

Owner of Sweet Expressions, Judi Embry, said she also feels the loss.

"Everyone is born with gifts and abilities, and the world has lost out. Not just us, but the world has lost out because you don't know what these children could have grown up to be," said Embry.

Embry said she feels like the community has not had the chance to mourn.

"There hasn't been anything that has been a group effort to bring closure to the death of these children for the people of our town," said Embry.

People in Quitman are now finding ways to remember the girls. Embry donated ribbon and pins to create signs that the girls once lived in the community.

"It's just sad that they would have lived and died, and nobody took notice of that," said Embry.

Bell planned a candlelit vigil for the apartment complex, but she would like to organize something bigger. She wants an event, so everyone in Quitman can remember the girls.

"These children will never be forgotten...not with me, and I don't think not even the town," said Bell.

The mother of the girls said she isn't ready to talk about it.

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I am the Aunt on the fathers side of Gabby and Natalye the two girls murdered in Quitman. I want to thank you for honoring these two little girls. The family here in Michigan is in total shock from this. Before their mother took off with them they lived here with their Father and Grandparents and during that time they were well taken care of and deeply loved. We just pray someone is held accountable for this. And again thank everyone

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