Friends of Willow create memorial

Published 09/10 2013 08:20PM

Updated 09/11 2013 10:18AM

WATSON -- Willow Long's friends didn't want to wait until Wednesday to honor her, so they made their own memorial Tuesday. It sits in Willow's front yard.

They laid their own stuffed animals in a circle. Some even brought balloons. Friends in the neighborhood have been dropping off flowers and toys all day. They say she was well liked in the community.

10-year old Ashlee Erickson said, "She was nice. My best friend and she was gone too soon. Very too soon."

The community also held a special prayer service in Willow's honor. Family and friends ask donations be sent to the Watson Methodist Church to help with funeral arrangements.

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