Update: Family, friends honor murder victim at memorial

Elizabeth Olten is seen in an undated family photo.

Update: Thrusday, Oct. 21 at 8:21 p.m.

Thursday marked the one year anniversary of Elizabeth's death. It was a somber event at Jefferson City's Concord Baptist Church. Elizabeth's mom took the stage and gave a tearful speech. Family members wore pink t-shirts that said "our precious angel". Dozens of supporters filed in throughout the serivce, at one point everyone joined hands and gathered in front of the sanctuary for a prayer.

A family spokesperson told us, the day was all about Elizabeth, "I'm afraid that she will be forgotten, and we don't want that, we want to remember her. We want to remember the little girl with the smile at that play that was a happy normal child. That was important to our world, that's gone, and we don't want her forgotten an and that's what matters to us. And this is paying tribute to her memory and who she was."

Update: Thrusday, Oct. 21 at 6:18 p.m.

More than a 100 people came to the public memorial service the family of 9-year-old murder victim Elizabeth Olten held at the Concord Baptist Church.

The family said the event Thursday was all about Elizabeth.

Elizabeth TMs family wore pink t-shirts that had a picture of Elizabeth with the words Precious Angel on them.

Original Story:

Thursday marks the first anniversary of the murder of 9 year-old Elizabeth Olten of St. Martins.

Her family is holding a public memorial service.

A candlelight prayer vigil will start at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at Concord Baptist Church, 3724 West Truman Blvd. in Jefferson City.

The gathering will then move to Hawthorne Cemetery at 4205 Hwy 50 West for a balloon release.