Thousands attend memorial to celebrate life of Jessica Ridgeway

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ARVADA, Colo. -- Over 3,000 people went to an Arvada church Tuesday night to celebrate the life of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway less than two weeks after she was abducted on the way to school.

"I've struggled just like everyone else in this room has to try and make sense of this, when you're in the valley of the darkness...its inexplicable," Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said to the crowd.

The nearly two-hour long service brought out friends, family, and teachers from across Westminster and the rest of the community where Jessica had called home for over two years.

"I can't help but not have joy in my heart because she is safe now and sound in a place where no one can ever hurt her," added one speaker.

Investigators believe Jessica was abducted while walking to school early Friday October 5th. Less than a week later, police found the 10-year-old's body several miles from home in an Arvada field.

"We are committed until we find justice for Jessica," said Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk.

On Tuesday, Westminster Police continued to urge the public to come forward with information about the case. Law enforcement has received hundreds of tips from across the country. Three dozen agencies are working to follow up on those tips.

Thursday, the FBI asked for the public’s help in finding the suspect who kidnapped Jessica. Click here to see a profile of the suspect and potential behaviors.

If you have any information regarding the investigation, Westminster police are asking you to call the tip line at 303-658-4336, or email