Family and friends gather at private funerals to say goodbye to Delphi teens

DELPHI, Ind. – Families and friends are saying goodbye to the Delphi girls who were killed while hiking in Carroll County last week.

Police found the bodies of Liberty “Libby” German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, about a half-mile from where they had been walking on a trail on February 13. The teens’ deaths are being investigated as homicides.

"It is, as you can see around Delphi, it’s always quiet but today feels different," said Delphi resident Yolanda Cruz. "You can feel the pain. Everybody’s devastated."

Their visitations took place at the Delphi Community High School Gymnasium from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. A lantern release followed the visitation.

Private family services for Libby were held at Delphi United Methodist Church on Sunday, Feb. 19 starting at 2 p.m.

Hundreds of people were in the procession to I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens in Pittsburg, Indiana, where her obituary indicated she would be laid to rest.

Meanwhile, community members prayed for them during a Spanish-language mass and continued to raise money for the girls' families.

"I know that there are a lot of people in this community, a lot of different people in this community, who have been pulling together to do thing," said Delphi resident Mary Harrington.

Memorial Contributions in Libby’s memory may be made to the Liberty German Scholarship Fund at the Industrial Federal Credit Union, care of Mike and Cody Patty.

Abby also had a private family funeral and burial on Sunday. Abbott Funeral Home was in charge of those arrangements.

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