Family and friends gather at candlelight vigil for Hartley Anderson
Pink and purple balloons flew over LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park in Vancouver Friday evening as family, friends, and community members gathered to honor Hartley Anderson, the 5-year-old girl who was murdered in Clark County last week.
About 100 people showed up to the vigil, sporting Anderson's favorite colors.
Among them was Anderson's mother, Nataasha Luchau, who spoke out in public for the first time.
"Life will never be the same without her again. Hartley isn’t here to tell you how much your love has meant, so I’ll have to do it for her," said Luchau. "Hartley, you'll always be in our hearts. I love you so much. We will never stop fighting for justice for you."
The man suspected of killing her is Ryan Burge, who was dating Anderson's mother. They were together about three months.
He is now charged with murder in the first degree, which means investigators believe Anderson's death was premeditated. They're also still holding him on a second-degree murder charge.
Police say last Friday, Burge was watching Anderson. He says she hurt herself in the head while having a tantrum.
She later died at the hospital.
Court documents show she had bruising from previous incidents on her body, and her injuries were inconsistent with Burge's story.
The family vows to find justice for Hartley.
The community raised close to $30,000 for Luchau.
Family says the toys and gifts given to them will be donated to children in crises.