PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — They came to remember and vowed never to forget: Five years after the disappearance of Kyron Horman, a vigil was held in his honor.
On Friday June 4, 2010, Kyron Horman was just 7-years-old when he disappeared from Skyline Elementary School in Portland. His stepmother, Terri Horman, was reportedly the last person to see Kyron that day.
Now, 5 years later, his family, friends and even those who never met Kyron are keeping him in their thoughts.
“Very tough to see what [his mom] is going through,” Carol Hopkins told KOIN 6 News. “I’m a parent, but we’re not going to give up any more than they are.”
For Kyron’s mother, Desiree Young, Thursday marked 5 years since her nightmare began.
“I remember that day like it was yesterday,” Young said. “I hold onto Kyron, his face, his memories, all of the little things that make me smile. That’s what I hold onto.”
Around 100 people showed up for the vigil at Xtreme Edge Gym in Beaverton. Those who attended walked the wall of hope and offered words of comfort.
Kyron’s best friend from elementary school, Carson Lopez, came to show his support.
“If you got to get to know him, he was a really nice guy, caring, lovable, I think he would like to be anyone’s friend,” Lopez said.
After 5 long years, Kyron’s mother said she’s frustrated, but refuses to give up hope.
“There is always new information, there are always tips,” Young said. “I got one just yesterday, a photo turned in of a child that looks exactly like Kyron. That is encouraging to me.”
Young said all of those who have volunteered and who continue to show their support are heartwarming. She asks that people continue to remember her little boy and help as much as they can.
“It’s hard, very emotional,” she said. “Just share his story, post it, share it, share it, share it with all your friends.”
Young said she believes someday, somewhere, someone is going to see Kyron and end this nightmare.
Officials continue to investigate Kyron’s disappearance. Last week, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office announced that a $50,000 reward is being offered for information.