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Hundreds gather for candlelight vigil in support of Alexis Murphy's family

Published On: Aug 08 2013 10:24:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 09 2013 10:45:01 AM EDT

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It was truly an emotional evening at Nelson County High School, where hundreds came together to support Alexis Murphy's family as they dealt with what they call every parent’s nightmare.

"I just want my baby back,” Laura Murphy said.

Alexis Murphy's mother, Laura, cries desperately as she waits for any news that could bring her missing daughter back.

"She's a good child. It's not like her, for her just to not call," Laura said.

Thursday's vigil marked the fifth day of Murphy's disappearance. As family, friends and even strangers gathered, her mother offered an emotional plea.

"Please just let her go and come home, that's my baby," Laura said.

Murphy's father, Troy Brown, spent Thursday putting up posters in an effort to raise awareness for his missing daughter, hoping that someone, anyone, can help find her.

"I have to be strong to keep finding my daughter, keep my strength up, hope and I just have to keep staying out there trying any and everything I can to find my daughter," Troy Brown said.

But it isn't just Alexis' family who are worried.

"My children are about her age. This doesn't happen here. I can't imagine their pain."

Hundreds of people braved the rain to show their support, to light a candle and to offer messages of hope to the missing teen.

"Alexis, if you can hear me, this is your dad. I'm letting you know that I won't give up. I want you home. I'm going to keep trying, trying and trying. I won't stop," Troy Brown said.

Thursday night's vigil was held at Nelson County High School were Alexis is supposed to start her senior year on Monday.