Gina DeJesus remembered in prayer service on Cleveland's west side

CLEVELAND - It was nine years ago on Tuesday that Gina DeJesus disappeared on her way home from school.

The Cleveland teenager had just left Wilbur Wright Middle School when she vanished April 2, 2004. She was last seen around West 105 Street and Lorain Avenue.

On Tuesday night, family, friends and community activists gathered at that site for a prayer service for Gina. The gathering was also used to raise awareness about human trafficking.

Gina's mother, Nancy Ruiz, has always believed her daughter was kidnapped and sold into the trade.

"Today, my sole purpose for today is I want to have it for prayers for other families that have missing children of loved ones," Ruiz said.

About 50 people gathered for the vigil including Second District Cmdr. Keith Sulzer, who a lieutenant when Gina disappeared and helped search for her.

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