“It’s hurting feeling for someone to take a life like this, and then dump a cold in a field in a suitcase, like she was a piece of trash,” one vigil attendee told KTLA.
“I felt like since there wasn’t a family holding a vigil, it was our obligation as a community to come together and put this together,” another said.Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spoke at a news conference Wednesday, asking the public’s help in identifying the victim. Investigators released a sketch of the child, who they described as a black girl between the ages of 8 and 13, around 4 feet 5 inches tall, about 55 pounds, and “skinny.” She was wearing a pink shirt with the words “Future Princess Hero” — with “Princess” crossed out — along with leggings with pandas on them, and no shoes. L.A. County workers doing maintenance on the trail found the body around 10 a.m. south of Hacienda Boulevard and Glenmark Drive, near the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple. Detectives believe the body was left there sometime in the late evening hours on Sunday, March 3, and are seeking anyone who may have seen a car parked in the area. Investigators urged anyone with any bit of information, no matter how small, to contact the Sheriff’s Department. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers.