Family members of missing and abducted children held an emotional candlelight vigil at St. Titus Church on the city’s Southside on Saturday afternoon. Some have been searching for their children for years including Tracy Bradley, whose two young daughters went missing in 2001 in one of Chicago’s highest profile abduction cases.
“Just waking up everyday knowing kids is not there, crying every day and night, praying that they will come home,” Bradley said.
Attendees released balloons to symbolize the hope that they will find their missing loved ones. Bradley said she will never lose hope in finding her daughters, and many parents are encouraged by the news from Cleveland where three missing women were found.
“I’m a fighter. I don’t give up,” Bradley said.
Kozakiewicz, one of the main speakers at the event, was abducted and held prisoner for four days by an internet predator at the age of 13. She said parents must battle through depression and believe that they will be one day be reunited with their children.
“Hope is the biggest message, people have come together. Praying to bring their children home, we must never, ever, ever give up on a missing child,” Kozakiewicz said.