BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Saying goodbye. On Thursday night, family, friends and neighbors gathered both here in Baltimore and in North Carolina to remember Phylicia Barnes. The teen was found dead four months after she disappeared.

Kelly McPherson was at the emotional vigil.

In front of the apartment where she was last seen alive four months ago, the Northwest Baltimore community gathered to remember Phylicia Barnes, 16.

“It could’ve been worse; we could’ve never found Phylicia.  So we give our praise to God,” said her father Russell Barnes.

The North Carolina teen was visiting her father and staying with her half-sister Deena in the Reisterstown Square apartment complex when she disappeared days after Christmas.

Last week, her body was found in the Susquehanna near the dam, naked.

Baltimore City investigators have not determined how she died.

“Our prayers were answered in a way that we didn’t really want them to be answered, but it’s still some sort of ending to this part,” Russell Barnes said.

In her hometown, another vigil was held to remember the honors student.

“I can’t express how special she is, and I’m not going to use the word ‘was’ because she’s still special,” said her mother Janice Sallis.

And the next step: “Justice, that’s our main thing,” Russell Barnes said. “We can’t start our healing process until we find out what happened with Phylicia.”

Investigators may return to the Susquehanna near the Conowingo Dam with underwater teams. Police still have no cause of death and have made no arrests.

The Barnes family is holding a memorial service May 14. The public is welcome.

Comments (6)
  1. Sarita Miles says:

    im sorry that i could not attented phylica ‘s vigil today but my prayers and my heart was with her. Rest in Peace Sweet angle!!! Even though i did not know phylica my heart hurts for her and her family.

  2. Pooh says:

    I second that comment. I don’t want to know how it feel to bury your child, especially not like this. May she rest now in peace.

  3. Myra Snowden says:

    My prayers go out to the family.Just hope and pray i never have to bury my son or daughter.I can just imagine what her parents are going threw.Father God please give them the strength to carry on.And Father God please give them justice and closer in what really happened to there precious daughter.In Jesus name amen !!!!!

  4. Lynn in NoCo says:

    Such a sad end to promising young life. Something has to be done to stop the flow of blood from senseless murders in this state! God help us if things don’t change. It is a small blessing at least that her family doesn’t have to go on not knowing whether she’s dead or alive – at least they can put her poor body to rest. I pray justice will come to her killer(s).

  5. Valentine says:

    Such a sad ending for a beautiful young woman Phylicia may you rest in peace God will take care of the rest. You will rest because I do believe no matter how long it take the real truth will come out not in the wash but in the rinse. My sincere prayers for the family.

  6. sending prayers says:

    @Phylicia I never knew you but my prayers were with you from the minute that I heard that you was missing,may you rest in peace with the other Angels I am so sorry that you were not found alive sweet child you have touched the hearts of so many who never knew you,also to the family I am so very sorry for you loss may God be with you all and help you through this very difficult time,I will continue to pray for you all

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