COLORADO CITY - As you can imagine, shock waves rippled through the small town of Colorado City after news that Hailey had finally been found. It was met with tears of sadness but also relief that there finally was closure not only for the family, but for the whole community.
"It came out of them, let's go up there, let's take a rose. She can rest in peace now, there's closure," Colorado City Resident, Leila Garza, said.
The children and nephews of Garza, although young and not fully understanding what happened to Hailey, felt compelled to take flowers to someone who they didn't even know.
Hailey Dunn was several years older than them but that didn't stop seven year old Shawn Alfaro from asking his mom to take him to the place Hailey once called home.
"It makes me happy and it was the right thing to do," Alfaro said.
Little Shawn only had one word to describe how he felt when heard the shocking news.
"Sad," Alfaro said.
Garza says they were optimistic till the very end and that every night her children would pray for Hailey's safe return.
"Every night, they would pray to bring her home safe and sound until today (Friday), we heard on the news what had happened," Garza said.
Garza says throughout different stages of the search for Hailey, they were hopeful but after hearing the devastating news, she believes it's time to move on.
Garza mentioned that Colorado City is a tight knit community and prays for the healing process for everyone involved in the effort to find Hailey.
"Now she can rest in peace. There's closure to the community, which I know it was pretty devastating when they heard it on the news, but there is closure," Garza said.