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Memorial service celebrates the life of Sidney Randall

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Walnut Ridge High School junior Anna Bland said she will remember Sidney as the sweet girl who was always smiling. Walnut Ridge High School junior Anna Bland said she will remember Sidney as the sweet girl who was always smiling.
The community honored Sidney's memory in many ways. The community honored Sidney's memory in many ways.

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The Walnut Ridge community celebrated the life of 14-year-old Sidney Randall who went missing on March 9 and was found on May 18 in the Black River.

Family and friends filled the Walnut Ridge High School gym. Even people in the community who did not know Randall joined to pay their respects to the family.

"My daughter was one of Sidney's friends, and she'd been missing for so long. I just felt today these kids could come together and get some closure," said parent Tina Dunlap. "All these kids are having a hard time, and I just hope that it helps them get past it."

Walnut Ridge High School junior Anna Bland said she will remember Sidney as the sweet girl who was always smiling.

"Sidney was on the flag line, I play the alto sax in band," Bland said. "I didn't know her well, but the few times I did talk to her she was always really sweet. So, I just wanted to pay my respects."

The community honored Sidney's memory in many ways. Classmates arrived with Sidney's favorite flower. Everyone who attended the memorial service wore a ribbon in her honor.

"One of my friends has a younger sister in that grade who was a close friend of hers and I know it was a big thing to them so I think it was important that all the school shows up in support," said sophomore Aubree Hughart.

The Rumblin' Round the Ridge biker group rode in together wearing pink, Sidney's favorite color.

"The family asked us to make a presence here today, and we formed a pretty close bond with the family," said President of the group, Jeremy Mclaughlin. "We did a ride back whenever she went missing to support them family and raise money for them."

Some unexpected guests were the Texas Equusearch team from Ohio who helped in the search before she was found earlier in May.

"They really opened their doors for us here, and we just felt it was the right thing to do," said Director of the Ohio Chapter of Texas EquuSearch David Rader. "This starts the healing process now."

Rader said there was something special about this community that made him come back for Saturday's service.

"We spent a week here, but it seemed like a lifetime, and I just feel like we belong and we needed to do this as a team," he said.

The memorial service started at 2 p.m. and was followed by a private burial.

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