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Thousands Gather To Mourn Chelsea King

Above: Mourners hold up candles in memory of 17-year-old Chelsea King during a vigil at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Poway on March 2, 2010.

— Thousands of mourners gathered at a Poway church Tuesday night for a somber candlelight vigil and procession in memory of 17-year-old Chelsea King, just hours after a body, believed to be King’s, was discovered in Lake Hodges.

Chelsea’s father, Brent King, held back tears as he addressed the crowd and thanked them for their love and support. “One of the nicknames that I’ve always called my Chelsea is 'my angel' – she’s my angel forever,” he said, with his grieving wife, Kelly by his side. “I want to thank everybody in this community, everybody that's touched our hearts. Everybody who's heart was touched by Chelsea, everybody who helped in the search. Everybody that's going to help us in our healing. Keep her spirit alive for us,” he said.

Following the tributes, Chelsea’s friends, family and community members held up their candles and walked silently from St. Michael's Catholic Church down Pomerado Road.

Chelsea's friends from Poway High School had planned the vigil ceremony days ago to be a time of hope and prayer for the safe return of their friend, but instead it was a time of grief and despair. "We all love and miss her, said Sarah Westood. "It's just really sad."

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hannahcohen | March 5, 2010 at 4:54 p.m. ― 4 years, 8 months ago

Here are some suggestions about changing Megans Law.When sex offenders are registering their residence also include both mother and father's address must be disclosed.Since most people visit parents.it should be disclosed what city they work. Sex offenders should be required to wear GPS tracking for life. They should be fined yearly fee to maintain the device so that so tax payers don't pay for it. If you are a registered sex offender and you live in the county of san diego you will have to pay a 250 dollars a year as a special assessment for cover expenses to up keep their data. if a sex offender offends and at the time is living elsewhere other than the registered addresses, if he is living in someone's home, the people who live their will also be charged as accessories and harboring a fugitive. this will help cut down on people who help sex offenders "hide." make a anonymous hotline for people to report sex offenders who are not living where they are supposed to be living. to help cut down on sex offenders hiding.also it should be disclosed in what city they work in. also becuase we live close to the border, any illegal who is charged with a crime against a child should be deported immediatly and any welfare and governemnt aid should stop immediatly. also anyone who commits a crime against a child loses their driving license privledges for two years.also we need more safety training for children. a yearly seminar every year in every school about the dangers to talking to strangers, how to protect themselves. post megan laws local offenders photos in schools. also start mother carpools and have some incentive to do a mothers carpool to help have less children walking to and from school.please help to change the laws to better protect our children.we owe it to our children. lets make san diego county the most unfriendliest place for sex offenders to live in. thank you

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