Community reacts to Tinsley case arrest

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On the day an arrest was made in the April Tinsley homicide case, community members visited a small memorial in her name to tie pink balloons. 

“We want to celebrate April’s life,” said Colleen Obergfell with the Hoagland Masterson Neighborhood Association. 

The balloons, Obergfell said, were to honor the life of April Tinsley and the break in the case she never thought she would see. “We weren’t sure this day would come and we are very happy that it has,” said Obergfell. 

April Tinsley was abducted in 1988. She was 8 years old. Three days later, she was found dead.

On Sunday morning, the Fort Wayne Police Department and Indiana State Police arrested 59-year-old John D. Miller of Grabill in connection to her death. 

“It would be very bad, you know if you were expecting your child to come home and it never does,” said Pat Fyfe. “You have to lose hope.”

Fyfe lives right across from where April was abducted. He said his daughters were friends with April. 

“It’s got to be a great relief to know what’s happened to April, and hopefully this will put a final ending to the story,” said Fyfe. 

With help from people passing by, Obergfell hung up the pink balloons at the memorial celebrating April’s short life. She hopes that after three decades of not knowing who killed April, her family can finally get the comfort they deserve. 

“It’s a terrible thing that it happened, but I’m very happy that there will be peace for the family and for everyone that knew April.”

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