11pm: Gina DeJesus vigil
Gina DeJesus vigil tonight
9th anniversary of Gina DeJesus disappearance
The parents of missing Cleveland teenage Gina DeJesus bow their heads during a vigil for their daughter on April 2, 2013.
Family and friends of missing Cleveland teen Gina DeJesus hang a sign on the ninth anniversary of her disappearance to raise awareness for other missing children.
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.