FORT MORGAN, Colo. (CBS4) – A memorial service was held in Fort Morgan on Tuesday for a teenager who was found dead.
Kayla Chadwick was missing for 16 months before her body was found in late June.
Among those who bid farewell to Chadwick was her sister, Ashley Capangpanga.
“A lifelong bond I found with my sister Kay, but now they tell me it’s goodbye and I must say, ‘How can this be when you are only 17,’ ” Capangpanga said.
Chadwick’s mother Robin Adams rode in a truck with “Justice” written on the window.
One person who was not at the service was Chadwick’s boyfriend, Ivan Torralba. He was the last person to see her alive and remains behind bars. Torralba is not charged in Chadwick’s death but with lying to a grand jury investigating the case. His mother, Lucila Torralba, is also charged with lying to a grand jury but both have not been named as suspects.
Mourner’s gathered at the spot where Chadwick’s body was found. Among them was a family who also has greatly suffered. Kenia Monge was missing 5 months before her body was found in a field. Now her family is supporting Chadwick’s mother.
“We’ve been down through the road with her through the whole way,” Monge’s father Tony Lee said. “All we could offer her was support through our experience.”
A bench now stands in Chadwick’s name as the family waits for justice.
“It will come, answers will come, everything will be brought to light and, ‘Kayla, don’t worry, we are going to do it for you,’ ” Capangpanga said.
Balloons were lifted in Chadwick’s favorite color.