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... Follows a somber vigil

With former state Rep. Reed Hillman, top left, and Heather Bish, top right, looking on, Magi Bish shows a butterfly to one of the young attendees of Saturday’s vigil. David Dore. (click for larger version)
June 27, 2010
WARREN — Never forget.

That was the message of a vigil Saturday, June 26 marking the 10th anniversary of the disappearance and death of 16-year-old Molly Anne Bish.

Her family and friends will never forget the impact she had on their lives, both before and after she vanished from her lifeguard post at Comins Pond a little past 10 a.m. June 27, 2000.

"Despite what a horrible sadness this has been, Molly has changed all of us, and by her touching all of our lives everyone here has been affected," said her mother, Magi Bish. "We have done many good things because of what happened to Molly. Her love sustains us all, and we will never forget her and we will never stop looking for justice."

Legislators have not forgotten the calls from Molly's family and others to pass laws such as the AMBER Alert (used to find missing children), the national sex offender registry and a national criminal DNA database.

"We know that in 10 years there's been sometimes baby steps and some big steps, but we know that we've been able to make some difference because of Molly," Bish said.

Law enforcement and Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said they would never forget to keep looking for the person who took Molly's life. Tips continue to come in and be investigated, Early said at the vigil.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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