• Zahra Baker remembered during vigil honoring children


    CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C.,None - Investigators involved in the Zahra Baker case shared an emotional moment on Tuesday.

    They were part of a vigil to remember the 10-year-old, who was killed last fall, and other children police say were killed by a parent or caregiver in North Carolina last year.

    A bell tolled after each child's name was read outside the Catawba County Justice Center.

    The Children's Advocacy and Protection Center hosted the vigil, which included hanging T-shirts bearing the child’s name and age.

    David Rockett, the lead investigator in the Zahra Baker case, was chosen to hang the shirt remembering the 10-year-old Hickory girl.

    In October 2010, Rockett and Hickory police began unraveling the mystery surrounding Zahra's disappearance. Her dismembered remains were found in Caldwell County in November 2010.

    Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa Baker, has since pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the girl’s death. She was sentenced to between 15 and 18 years in prison.

    The T-shirts hung on Tuesday were designed by students at Hickory High School. They will be on display for the rest of the month in front of the organization’s headquarters on Highway 16, south of Conover.

    When the shirts are taken down, they will be woven into a quilt.

    More information: Children’s Advocacy Center of Catawba County

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