Remembering in Candlelight

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

It's been four days since someone murdered a mother and three children in Marianna.

Many say time will help heal, but the best medicine would be an arrest in the case, something that has yet to happen. It's been a very emotional night as a couple hundred people gathered to remember 19-year-old Danielle Baker and her three young sons, who were killed last week.

Slowly, everyone in the crowd lit a candle while the names of these victims were read aloud to start the service. Investigators worked early until 4 a.m. Monday morning, took a short break and then got back to work.

Several officers stood on the outskirts of the vigil keeping watch and paying their own respect. Chief Lou Roberts has lived in Marianna more than three decades and spoke briefly asking for help from the community.

"If you think something is insignificant to you, it may be very significant to us because maybe something they have told someone else, it's gotten back to someone else. We may have talked to other individuals who heard the same thing, so, please, however insignificant the lead may be, please give us a call. Give us the information. We need the community's help."

Chief Roberts says at this point everyone is suspect and investigators are trying not to get tunnel vision after four days of working different leads.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there are 15 to 20 active investigators from their department, local offices and the state attorney's office. They encourage anyone with any information not to be afraid to contact police.

Crimestoppers is offering a $5,000 reward. You can report information anonymously by calling 850-526-5000.


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