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Parents of murdered Allen County 7-year-old ask for justice

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Gabbi parents talk about their search for justice. Gabbi parents talk about their search for justice.
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SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say the person who murdered a 7-year-old in Allen County is still on the loose.

"She wasn't gone for that long. It happened so fast,” said an emotional Amy Doolin.

It happened in moments.

"I was saying if you see a little blonde headed girl wearing all pink, it's my little girl,” said Doolin.

Amy Doolin's daughter Gabbi disappeared Saturday night  from a little league football game.

"She's missing. I just kept running and screaming Gabbi, Gabbi,” Doolin said while recounting the event.

About 30 minutes later, police found the second grader's lifeless body in a creek in a wooded area behind Allen County High School.

Police say Gabbi Doolin was murdered.

"I want justice,” her mom said.

For Gabbi's young classmates it can be hard to understand. Allen County Schools enacted its Emergency Crisis Procedure Tuesday to help students and teachers cope.

“We have set up a drop-in safe room in our school library for any students who need extra emotional support after the teachers talk to them,” said Randall Jackson, Allen County Superintendent.

Jackson told WDRB he's never known something so tragic to happen in Scottsville.

"I've been in Allen County now nine years as superintendent and I've talked to folks who are lifelong residents who and to their recollection going back at least 50 years never has a horrible, horrible crime of this nature been committed against a child,” he said.

Most in the community are holding out hope that police will track down Doolin's killer.

"I know they're doing their best to track down any lead they have to find the person responsible for this horrible, terrible crime and we can only hope that person is brought to justice soon,” he said.

Donna Russow, vice president of programs at Family & Children's Place in Louisville, has been following Doolin's case.

"I was sickened by it, realizing how this can happen so suddenly without any warning,” she said.

Russow says her advice is for parents to talk to their children about Gabbi.

"Death is not a permanent thought to them. They expect Gabbi might still be coming back to school next week or the week after so I think that's really hard for them to grasp that concept that she's never coming back,” Russow told WDRB.

That is something Gabbi's mom understands all too well.

"She was my baby and they took her away,” she said.

There has been no word yet on a possible suspect or motive.

Doolin's funeral is set for Thursday at 1 p.m. in Scottsville.

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