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Balloons released for Chyenne Kircher during game Friday

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EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. (KWWL) -

A long week for East Dubuque is coming to a close, as the community grieves the loss of Chyenne Kircher.

Kircher went missing nearly two years ago. On Friday, investigators believe they've found her body.

On Friday evening, many in the community went to East Dubuque High School's football game in order to celebrate her life.

Heidi McMullen was one of many who showed out to Friday's football game. As she was making her way to the game, she stopped to look at a photo of Kircher on display on a fence.

"She was a wonderful little girl," McMullen said. "She has always been around the neighborhood."

McMullen, along with her daughters, brought yellow flowers to leave under that picture.

"We want to come out and support her," she said.

In honor of Kircher, both junior varsity and varsity football players had "C.K." on their helmets.

In between games Friday evening, yellow balloons were distributed among the game's crowd. Those balloons would be released in Kircher's honor.

Before the beginning of the varsity game, East Dubuque High School's junior class made their way to the center of the field. Chyenne Kircher would have been in that junior class.

The class released those yellow balloons along with members of the crowd. A total of 524 balloons were released in honor of Kircher. Those balloons were supplied by the East Dubuque School Districts student activates account.

"We think that, by letting those balloons reach towards the skies and reach towards the heavens again, (it) will be a part of the healing process for us," said Greg Herbst, superintendent of the East Dubuque School District.

"I'm going to say a little prayer, and I know that she is going to hear it, because she is probably up in heaven," McMullem said. "I just want her to know that we love her and miss her and someday we will be reunited."

Yellow was chosen for the balloons release because yellow is one of the colors that symbolizes missing children as well as hope.

Kircher's stepfather Terry Abbas faces two counts of first-degree murder related to Kircher's death. He is currently in the Jo Daviess County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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