Katelyn Markham's family invites everyone to celebration of her life
Cookout held at Harbin Park in Fairfield
Greg Noble, WCPO Digital
8:14 PM, Apr 18, 2013
7:22 AM, Apr 21, 2013
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.
The event featured a cookout, music, videos of Katelyn's life and a display of Katelyn's artwork, said Missy Gessner Hammond, a family friend.
Dave Markham, Katelyn's father, spoke during the event.
Katelyn Markham, a 21-year-old art student, 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," Hammond said prior to the event.
The event marked exactly one year since her family and friends hosted a "Hope for Katelyn" event at the same shelter, she said.