Photos: Remembering Talaija Dorsey

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  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Friends and family release balloons in memory of Ursin's cousin, Talaija Dorsey, 12, at the Lutcher Town Hall, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Da'Janae Ursin, 11, Sheriff Willy Martin, Deputy Dustin Tomlinson, Detective Brett Forsyethe, and Detective John Dunn release balloons in memory of Ursin's cousin, Talaija Dorsey, 12, at the Lutcher Town Hall, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Da'Janae Ursin, 11, holds hands with Sheriff Willy Martin, while they are joined by Deputy Dustin Tomlinson, Detective Brett Forsyethe, and Detective John Dunn in prayer during a service in memory of Ursin's cousin, Talaija Dorsey, 12, which was hosted by local parents at the Lutcher Town Hall, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tylinn Poche, 3, front, holds onto a ballon during a prayer circle in memory of Talaija Dorsey hosted by local parents, held at the Lutcher Town Hall, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Da'Janae Ursin, 11, holds hands with Sheriff Willy Martin and Deputy Dustin Tomlinson in prayer during a service in memory of Ursin's cousin, Talaija Dorsey, 12, hosted by local parents at the Lutcher Town Hall, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Da'Janae Ursin, 11, holds onto two balloons she will release in memory of her cousin, Talaija Dorsey, 12, during a service hosted by local parents at the Lutcher Town Hall, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Da'Janae Ursin, 11, holds onto two balloons she will release in memory of her cousin, Talaija Dorsey, 12, during a service hosted by local parents at the Lutcher Town Hall, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- A community prayer and candlelight vigil led by Pastor Samuel Jones, center, honors the memory of Talaija Dorsey, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Sixth District Park Multi-purpose building in Vacherie. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Friends and family hoist candles in memory of Talaija Dorsey during a community prayer and candlelight vigil, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Sixth District Park Multi-purpose building in Vacherie. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Jariel Isaac, 15, left, and Aria Vaughn, 15, right, hold onto a candle in memory of their friend Talaija Dorsey during a community prayer and candlelight vigil, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Sixth District Park Multi-purpose building in Vacherie. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- A community prayer and candlelight vigil led by Pastor Samuel Jones, center, honors the memory of Talaija Dorsey, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Sixth District Park Multi-purpose building in Vacherie. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Loretta Smith, left, holds onto a candle during a prayer in memory of her niece, Talaija Dorsey, during a community prayer and candlelight vigil, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Sixth District Park Multi-purpose building in Vacherie. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Friends and family hoist candles in memory of Talaija Dorsey during a community prayer and candlelight vigil, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Sixth District Park Multi-purpose building in Vacherie. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.