Candlelight vigil held in Tori Stafford's hometown
Published Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:40PM EDT
Mourners held a candlelight vigil Saturday evening for slain schoolgirl Victoria Stafford in her hometown of Woodstock, Ont.
The vigil began at 7:30 p.m. in the Zellers and Foodland parking lot on Dundas Street.
More than 1,000 people had confirmed over Facebook that they planned to attend the vigil.
"Now that justice has been served, I think we should all get together and say our final goodbye," vigil organizer Brittany Lynn Vincent Davis wrote on the Facebook page titled, "Candle Light Vigil. A Final Goodbye For Tori Stafford."
Davis set up the page just after Michael Rafferty, 31, was convicted on May 11 for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering the little girl.
Stafford was eight years old when she was lured from outside her school in the small southwestern Ontario town in April 2009, driven to a rural area and killed.
Terri-Lynne McClintic, 21, was also convicted earlier of murder for her role in the child's death.
Both Rafferty and McClintic were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
A vigil was held in the same parking lot in 2009 just days after Stafford went missing.
"Even if you cannot physically be there for the ceremony light a candle for Tori," Davis wrote on the Facebook page.
One person also wrote in the comments section, "I wont be there, as I live in Airdrie, Alberta but I will light a candle at home in my backyard in rememberance (sic) to an amazing girl! R.I.P Tori!"