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Marysa Nichols' Parents Thank the Community for Their Support

Published On: Mar 12 2013 12:22:29 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 12 2013 12:47:48 PM CDT
Dianne & Curtis Whitmire
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

The man accused of murdering 14-year-old Marysa Nichols was back in court Tuesday morning.  His arraignment was continued until 1 p.m..

Quentin Bealer, 39, is charged with murdering the Red Bluff teen.  Nichols' body was found along a creek behind Red Bluff High School on February 28.

Since her death, the community has come together to offer their support to her family.  Monday night a spaghetti dinner was held at the Knicks Family Fun Zone in Red Bluff.

Marysa's mother and stepfather, Dianne and Curtis Whitmire, attended the fundraiser and talked about what the community's support means to the family.

"We're exceedingly grateful and at the same time overwhelmed with all the support we have never seen such love and support in all of our lives," said Dianne Whitmire.

People at the fundraiser said Red Bluff is a small community with a big heart.  Many people who never met Marysa are affected by her death

Leslie Watts of Chico organized Monday's event.

"When something bad happens is this community comes together and we stand strong together," said Watts.

Dianne Whitmire added, "Marysa was a social butterfly and she would absolutely love this very thing right now its amazing.  She was just a ray of hope a ray of light and I think people should really just remember that."

Marysa's stepfather, Curtis Whitmire said they want people to celebrate Marysa's life.

"She was a happy little girl," said Curtis Whitmire.   "She loved hugs and for all the parents out there hug your babies treasure them, life is too short."