Memorial held for mother and daughters murdered in Shingletown
Updated On: Jun 27 2013 02:00:00 AM CDT
A memorial was held for the woman and two little girls allegedly killed by their husband and father.
About 50 people gathered at the Shingletown Library to honor the lives of the Miller girl's Wednesday morning.
34-year-old Sandy Miller and her two daughters, 8-year-old Shelby and 4-year-old Shasta, were all shot at their home in May. Shane Miller is still at large and wanted by deputies.
Supervisor Les Baugh began the ceremony with a few words and a prayer. He then handed the mic off to Kathy Carpenter or Aunt Kathy to Sandy, Great-Aunt to Shelby and Shasta.
She said she made the trek to represent Sandy's mom and sister, who live out of the area.
"Those girls were just beautiful, Carpenter said. "Not a hair was out of place in their little ponytails. They were just... They were beautiful girls."
She went on to share memories of her nieces, saying, "I want to be with them again someday."
Carpenter said the last holiday her sister got to spend with the Millers was Easter, a day that will now be cherished forever.
"They were taken so soon and I wish they could've had more Easters and more holidays together," Carpenter said.
Shelby was in third grade at Black Butte Elementary. Shasta attended the pre-school on campus.
A handful of their school friends shared their memories with us.
"I knew Shelby always like always. She was so nice and when I get hurt she tells someone that I need help," Felicity Goodson said.
At the end of the service, everyone released balloons into the sky. They watched as the balloons floated away.
The memorial was organized and put on by the Shingletown Activities Council.
The group is also working on a permanent memorial. They have already planted a tree in honor of Sandy, Shelby and Shasta at the Shingletown Library.
Two dogwood trees will be planted this summer on Black Butte's campus in memory of the two young girls.
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