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Vigil held to remember victims in Franklin County slaying

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OTTAWA, KS (KCTV) -

Kyle Flack is charged with capital murder, first-degree murder and rape in connection to the deaths of three people and most likely a baby. The capital murder charge gives prosecutors the option to seek the death penalty, but they said Friday they're not sure if they plan to do that yet.

Prosecutors said Flack killed 31-year-old Steven Eugene White between April 20 and April 28, then killed Andrew Adam Stout and 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey and Bailey's 18-month-old Lana-Leigh Bailey at the same time between April 28 and May 6.

Investigators have still not found the toddler's body.

Hundreds gathered Friday night at Forest Park off North Locust Street to remember the victims of the Franklin County slaying and pray they find little Lana soon.

After a week of news that rocked the small Kansas community to its core, hundreds banded together to rise about it all.

The crowd Friday lit candles, prayed and played some of the victims' favorite songs. It was all in an effort to honor the three found dead and the still missing baby Lana.

Those who organized the prayer vigil said they want to show the three families they aren't alone.

"Stuff like this happens everywhere. In Franklin County it doesn't happen often. When it does, I want people to know we ban together. When evil things happen, we will come together and this is a testament to that," Eric Scritschfield said.

Emotions ran high Friday night. Many were in tears. Deja Lane, 16, said she's still trying to process everything she's seen this week.

"I don't know, I'm about to cry. I'm about to cry. It's sad because ... I can't do this," she said before going off to be consoled by friends.

Many parents like Nicole Wilson held on tight to their children. Wilson has a daughter about Lana's age and said her heart breaks for the little girl's family.

"I hope they can find peace. I can't imagine. It's hard to even think about it if one of my babies was missing. I don't know what I would do," she said.

The brother of Stout talked about what the showing of support means to his family.

"I'm glad people come together in times of need. Very appreciative of what the community in a small area is willing to do, you know - extend their hand, help other people," Jackson Anderson said.

Stout's family has also set up a fund in the name of Andrew Adam Stout at Arvest National Bank and Great Southern Bank to help them pay for the funeral costs. They said if they get enough to cover their costs, they'll also use the money to help the other families.

Organizers said they also used the vigil as an opportunity to garner donations to help the families of the murder victims handle funeral costs.

Among those in the crowd were Kaylie Bailey's brother. While he was visibly shaken, he was hopefully uplifted by the showing of support.

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