The family of missing Gloucester 2-year-old Caleigh Harrison is hoping several hundred people may turn out for a planned "land and sea" candlelight vigil and tribute Friday night beginning at 7:30 on Stacy Boulevard at the city's iconic Fishermen's Memorial.
David Harrison, the brother of Caleigh's father Anthony Harrison, said the vigil is expected to include a gathering with candles on the Boulevard, and will be bolstered by a number of fishing boats that will gather in Gloucester's Outer Harbor as a show of community support and solidarity for the missing little girl and her family.
Among the speakers are expected to be state Sen, Bruce Tarr, a representative of St. Ann's Church, and others.
The event, organized by the David Harrison and bolstered by Tina Greel, a resident artist and local activist, and local fisherman Dave Marciano, whose boat "Hard Merchandise" is a mainstay of the National Geographic reality TV show "Wicked Tuna," will offer a theme of "Hold Hands for Caleigh."
The vigil will come three weeks and a day after Caleigh disappeared from Long Beach, where she had been playing with her 4-year-old sister, Elizabeth, and their mother Allison Hammond of Gloucester. According to various reports, Hammond had left for a minute or two to retrieve ball that had gone over a nearby wall; when she turned back, Caleigh was gone.
Massachusetts and Rockport police carried out extensive searches along the shore and in the waters off Long Beach and Cape Hedge beach, to no avail. Massachusetts State Police, meanwhile, have not rule out foul play, though authorities never issued an Amber alert and have said there is no evidence indicating any sings of a potential abduction.
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