On February 22, 2014, over 10,000 people in and around Springfield turned out for a candlelight vigil and marched to honor 10-year-old Hailey Owens, who had been murdered earlier in the week. The next day over 1000 motorcycles held a rally/parade in support of Hailey’s family.  

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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