The East Dubuque community banded together to remember the life of a teenage girl.
Students, teachers, and other loved ones honored Chyenne Kircher by dedicating a tree and a bench in front of the East Dubuque High School. Last month, authorities found the body of the 14-year-old in her family's back yard.
She went missing two years ago and now her stepfather, Terry Abbas is being charged with her murder. Now, those who loved her say she will be forever missed.
"I'm just glad that we could do something to honor her memory, even though it doesn't seem like there is anything else we could do," said Emery Rowe. "But this is something.
Classmates started selling wristbands with her name on it and the words "shine on" to pay for the bench and tree.
Then the community stepped in and donated the materials to make it happen. Now classmates say they will use the money raised to start a scholarship fund in her honor.