Salisbury prepares for third Erica Parsons vigil

Salisbury prepares for third Erica Parsons vigil

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on September 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 5:27 PM

SALISBURY, N.C. -- One hundred people are expected to attend a vigil for missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons Tuesday night at Salisbury City Park.

It is the third vigil for Erica Parsons since an older brother reported her missing nearly two months ago, but almost two years after she was last seen at the family home on Miller Chapel Road.

Organizers say despite the ongoing media coverage, there are still some people who don't know Erica is missing.  Also, a third vigil gives people who weren't able to attend the other vigils a chance to come to this one.

"I've been working the last two vigils," said neighbor Kim Eremie.  "I think it's important to come to show support for this little girl.  Maybe she will see it somewhere, is the hope. I mean, maybe she'll come home or somebody will know what happened to her."

Brian Young is Tuesday's vigil organizer. He took part in the other two as a participant, but felt more needed to be done.

"I've gotten more concerned," Young said.

Young grew up in Salisbury but lives up the road in Lexington.  He is a Christian musician and wrote a rap song and created a video about Erica.

He says it's one more way for people to learn about Erica and hopefully lead to someone who might know something, but who chooses to watch online videos instead of read about Erica in newspapers or see the stories on television.

"It just brings awareness to other communities like here in Lexington and places like that, just helps spread the word more," Young said.

A fourth vigil is tentatively planned for October 12th.  Organizers hope to have that one in a local church that holds 800 people.
 

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