A YOUNG girl who was missing for six months has been dead, and her mourning family is trying to find meaning in the tragedy.
Alezauna Carter, called Libby by her friends and family, was reported missing in early October 2020. While police have a picture of a suspect, no arrests have been made yet.
"She was a strong girl, but she didn't deserve this," Libby's mom, Trisha, said at a vigil earlier this week.
Libby was last seen on the morning of October 12, 2020, in Southwest Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Police Department requested the public's assistance in locating her a week later.
Six months went by, and on April 18, police found a body in a first-floor apartment in Frankford, about 17 miles away from the area where Libby went missing.
Police initially said the body belonged to an unidentified female who was shot in the mouth and died at the scene.
Two weeks later, they notified the Carter family that it was Libby's body.
Her family described her as a happy kid who liked to dance and make Tik Toks. Police said she had a tendency to run away from her parents and guardians.
"We all tried to look for her and keep her safe," Trisha said. "Every day, was looking out for this child."
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At the vigil, friends and family released orange balloons in her memory.
"We don't know what happened, but we are going to find out," Libby's aunt said.
The day after the murder, police released a photo of a suspect. So far, no arrests have been made, but there is a $20,000 reward for information.