ALLEN COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Residents in Allen County been dealing with grief, uncertainty and a killer still on the loose after a 7-year-old girl's body was found in a creek near a high school.
The football field at Allen County Scottsville High School became a crime scene Saturday night soon after Gabriella Doolin went missing. On Monday, it served as a memorial in honor of the innocent second grader.
"She is a sweetheart, a pure sweet heart," Jeff Kinslow said.
Kinslow's daughter cheered on the side lines at the school with Gabby during each game. Saturday was no different. Gabby's older brother was playing on the football field, but the evening took an alarming turn when Gabby's mother reported her missing.
Searching every square inch of the area, Gabby's body was found in a creek that runs behind the football field alongside the nature trail on school property.
An autopsy revealed Gabby's death was a homicide.
"It doesn't happen here. Nothing like this has ever happened here," Kinslow said.
Allen County Schools were not in session Monday, due to a previously scheduled Professional Development Day. School officials said all schools would be open on Tuesday and counselors would be available.
Many spent the day dropping off gifts at the football field in honor of Gabby.
"I've seen balloons everywhere and I know this isn't going to stop. This has really affected this community." "For something like this to occur is just shocking to us all."
KSP Trooper BJ Eaton said Gabby was discovered within 25 minutes due to the community's quick efforts.
"With a case like this and the family of course and the folks of Allen County. With it being a rural close knit community like that, after Saturday Allen County is never going to be the same," he said. "I have spoke to several people and they are just afraid for their families, especially until this guy is found."
No arrests have been made in her death. Police are not releasing any information about potential suspects due to the ongoing investigation.