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FAIRFIELD, Ohio - Katelyn Markham's family invited friends and the public to join them in a celebration of her life Saturday at Harbin Park in Fairfield.

Around 100 people attended the event held in honor of  Markham, a 21-year-old art student who disappeared from her Fairfield home on Aug. 14, 2011. Her remains were found April 7 in a dump site 25 miles away in rural Indiana.

"This is opportunity for everyone to celebrate her life and for her family to thank everyone who helped search for her for 20 months or helped in one way or another. Everyone in the community has come to feel they knew her," family friend Missy Gessner Hammond said prior to the event.

The event featured a cookout, music, videos of Katelyn's life and a display of her artwork, Gessner Hammond said.

Dave Markham, Katelyn's father, spoke during the event.

"It's for all of us to get together again," Dave Markham said. "You see everyone here and there but not together. Katelyn brought everyone together in the original searches, many of these people have met and it's sort of a reunion for them as well."

Staying linked to the people who helped search for his daughter has helped the grieving father.

"It's a way for me to give back. Also, it's a way for me to connect with that time," he said. "It's painful to do it, but it also reminds me of Katelyn and the gratitude I felt at that time."

Katelyn Markham's fiance, John Carter, also attended the celebration. He said he was pleased with the turnout.

Even people who never met Katelyn Markham made their way to the Fairfield park Saturday afternoon. Some of those in attendance said they wanted to be there for her father.

"After everything we've heard and getting to know Katelyn's dad and her sister, I just feel like I've known her for a long time now," Denise Bedell said.

Bedell spent the past 20 months as a member of the Ohio Chapter of the Texas EquuSearch Team that searched for Katelyn Markham after she went missing.

The event marked exactly one year since her family and friends hosted a "Hope for Katelyn" event at the same shelter, she said.

Related story: What the evidence suggests in Markham case: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_north_cincinnati/what-evidence-suggests-in-katelyn-markham-case-and-where-investigators-might-turn-for-answers

 


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