Balloons and flowers at memorial after Tinsley case arrest

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One day after John D. Miller of Grabill was arrested in connection to the death of April Tinsley, people in the neighborhood not far from where she lived have been going to the small garden dedicated to her. 

“We want to celebrate April’s life,” said Colleen Obergfell. 

On Sunday, OBergfell tied pink balloons around a tree at April’s Garden at the corner of Hoagland and Masterson avenues. By Monday, more balloons and flowers appeared. 

“The family can finally have closure,” said neighbor Sally Berger. “I cant imagine what a mother goes through knowing that her daughter is missing.”

Outside the Allen County Justice Center, people also wrote messages with chalk, asking for justice for April. People where April’s Garden is located say thirty years is not too late to give the family the comfort they deserve. 

“The people of Fort Wayne, and all over the United States, we never forgot about April, we always cared about her and what happened to her and we always prayed for the day that this person would be caught,” said Kim Parker. 

For now, the neighborhood is thankful a potential killer is off the streets. They plan to continue to keep April’s life in the minds of the community with more flowers and balloons. 

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