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Hundreds Attend Memorial for 14-Year-Old Marysa Nichols

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Kelli Saam
Published On: Mar 09 2013 02:28:29 PM CST
Nichols Memorial photo
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday morning at Calvary Chapel in Red Bluff to remember to life of slain teenager Marysa Nichols.

The 14-year-old's body was found February 28 near a creek behind Red Bluff High School. 

On Saturday, more than 200 people gathered to remember her life at a memorial service.  Among the people who attended were many police officers, deputies and firefighters.  State Senator Jim Nielsen also attended.

The church was decorated with photos of Marysa, pink balloons and flowers.

Friends have said Marysa always had a smile on her face.  She was reported missing after she failed to return home from band practice after school on Feburary 26.

There have been a series of candlelight vigils and fundraisers as the Red Bluff community showed its support for the Nichols family.  The death of the teenager has created an outpouring of emotion and support as many question why something like this would happen.

An autopsy revealed she was strangled.  Quentin Bealer was arrested two days after her body was found and is charged in the killing.

KRCR News Channel 7 reporter Tyler May  attended the service.  He will have a full report tonight on KRCR News Channel 7 at 5:30 and 6:30.