Updated: Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008, 7:45 PM CST
Published : Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008, 7:14 PM CST
MALBIS, Ala. - One week after word first came of Brianna Parish's disappearance, family and friends are still in shock. "You never expect it to happen," said Stephanie Griffey. "You always read about it and you never expect to happen to someone you know, but nobody is prepared for this and I really don't know what to say."
Hundreds gathered today for a celebration of life at the Bay Community Church in Malbis. Parish's body was found last Friday outside the Daphne Sewage Facility. The investigation into what happened is still ongoing.
"It just seems like Daphne is so far away from the troubles Mobile may have, but bad things happen everywhere," said Candace Adler. Adler is a family friend who used to live right behind the Bay House Pub, the last place Parish was seen alive.
Adler said the Parish family is a tight-knit group that's sticking together through this difficult time. "I just know they were best friends," she said. "If something like this happened to my little sister I'd be completely devastated and I can't even imagine what they're going through."
It's something no one at this memorial could have ever imagined. But it's something this community now has to deal with. "Things happen, it could happen anytime, anywhere. It's just life," said another supporter. Which is why on Wednesday, so many people gathered to celebrate just that. "Support for the family and I just want to be there for them," Adler said.
As for the investigation, Daphne police say there is nothing new to report.