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Marchers Gather to Increase Awareness of Sierra LaMar, Send Message to Abductors

About 100 marchers took to the pavement to make sure the missing teen's face remains in the public eye, and to tell would-be abductors that they will not live in fear.

About 100 marchers braved the rain in Morgan Hill today, spurned on by one objective—to get the face of Sierra LaMar out to the public.

Marchers gathered at the Community and Cultural Center before heading down Monterey Street and marching down Main Avenue. The march, dubbed the Sierra LaMar Community March, sought specifically to involve young people under the age of 18 who aren’t permitted to participate in searches for the missing teen.

“I have a passion for youth and it’s important for them to feel like they are contributing,” said Dori Prado, who organized Saturday’s march. “This is a way for the youth to get involved in the search effort and bring attention to the case.”

Prado also used the march to urge parents to take greater responsibility for their own children's safety, and said Sierra is a child of the community and that locals have a responsibility to protect one another.

“We need to look out for each other and each others' children,” she said. “If we see something fishy happening, we need to get involved and not pass it by.”

Marchers were carrying signs with messages that read, “Sierra LaMar, We Love You!” and “Find Sierra” fliers depicting the Sobrato High cheerleader’s photo and description were passed out to attendees. Blown up poster-board-sized fliers were also given to local businesses to place in their windows.

Pink bows, Sierra’s favorite color, adorned trees along the road and marchers wore pink ribbons in tribute to the teen, who was last seen over two weeks ago.

Saturday also saw the largest volunteer turnout for search parties yet, according to a KTVU article. .

As marchers chanted, “bring Sierra home!” passing cars honked in solidarity. Several community members stood on the corner of Monterey Street and W. Dunne Avenue with a collection box to gather donations from drivers to add to the, which was created to help the LaMar family cover search-and-rescue costs and create a reward for information leading to Sierra's recovery.

Marchers, Kyla Redmond, 15, and Mariah Ross, 16, who used to cheer on the same all-star team as Sierra, said they came from San Jose to help in the efforts to keep their teammate in the public’s eye.

“We’re still in shock,” Ross said of her friend’s disappearance.

“It’s hard to believe that she’s not at her house,” Redmond added. “We want to bring more attention to her face and hopefully someone will recognize her.”

Michelle Hernandez, a Gilroy resident whose parents apparently live down the street from the LaMar home, brought her 17-year-old daughter, Sarah, to deliver a message to those who might want to abduct young people.

“We are here to bring awareness to these perpetrators who think they can get away with taking our children,” she said. “The community has had enough.”

Hernandez said she believes the strong turnout of marchers sends a message to would-be child abductors that parents and children are watching, and will not live in fear of them.

“This is our area,” she said. “These are our kids and we’re not going to let them take them from us.”

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Jacqueline March 31, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Keep praying!
Theresa April 01, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Heavenly father bless the community and all the volunteers that are devoted to find an answer and hopefully bring Sierra home. pls send ur Angels to protect Sierra Lamar and guide her home safely back in the arms of her loving parents. Amen.
Bring Sierra Home! April 01, 2012 at 12:18 AM
IF someone took Sierra- Bring her home to her family where she belongs! We are praying for Sierra and her family everyday!!! The National news needs to air this story everyday! I have yet to see it on National news like NBC or ABC. Why are they not picking up this story???
elise zurita April 01, 2012 at 08:19 AM
This IS national news...NBC keeps up with all the updates
Barbara Restani April 01, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Dear Jesus, St. Anthony, St. Michael Archangel help us find Sierra LaMar. Give Sierra the strength, hope, and faith to escape and capture her abductors!
Dawn Peru April 02, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Keep praying and keep participating. Keep donating, and continue to volunteer. There has been an incredible response to this little girl's disappearance, and I expect nothing less from Morgan Hill's community. When the media leaves, and if Sierra has not yet come home, the work will still need to be done. I urge our city leaders to pick up where the Klasskids foundation has left off. Don't close down the command center. We can't give up and the pressure needs to stay on to bring this baby home. Please keep going until we have resolutiion.
Corinne Speckert April 02, 2012 at 03:20 AM
We'll continue to pursue the LaMar case on Gilroy Patch no matter what. We'll do weekly updates until she's found, and anyone is welcome to utilize our announcements and events tabs to post info about Sierra for free. And I'm always available to help out with posts or whatnot: gilroypatch@gmail.com, 831 325-3277. Announcements tab: http://gilroy.patch.com/search/announcements Events tab: http://gilroy.patch.com/events
Momilani April 02, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Has the parents tried to contact a psychic to help? Sylvia Brown, Chris Brown her son? Anything to help bring her back. Our prayers are with her and her family.
Brian April 03, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Momilani, your heart is in the right place, but I'm sorry to say that Sylvia Brown is a complete fraud. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Browne http://www.corporate-review.com/sylviabrownescam.php
Michelle wright-Hernandez April 07, 2012 at 07:32 AM
Keeping my faith and hope strong to bring lil Sierra home to her family! God please watch over her, and I ask for you to send an Angel to lead us volunteers tomorrow and law enforcement to her! I ask this in your precious name, amen <3

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