COAHOMA- It was late December of last year when Hailey Dunn suddenly went missing from her Colorado City home. Search parties were called off this July, and the case has appeared to have gone cold. However, a group of Coahoma teens are planning to change that.
"I don't know how it happened. It doesn't seem real," Cheerleader, Shea Campbell, said. For her, the disappearance of Hailey is still very hard to deal with.
"We never thought anything like that would happen. This is surreal. [It's strange] for something like this to happen in such a small place and such a place where everybody knows everybody. We thought we could trust everybody," Campbell said.
Fellow cheerleader Minnie Goodblanket feels the same way. She and Hailey are only three years apart. "It's the same small town as, like, Coahoma and you wouldn't ever think that something would happen like that so it was eye opening for everybody," Goodblanket said.
Neither one knew her personally, but that doesn't matter to them.
"It's something that's so big and [people are] are already start to forget about it when it has not already been a year yet," Campbell said.
It's been more than nine months since the teen went missing and the girls fear the community has stopped caring. They're bringing the hope back. The Coahoma High School cheerleaders are dedicating Friday night's football game to Hailey.
Cheer Coach Traci Carr is proud of her girls. "It's all about Hailey and hope for Hailey and the greater good. It's not about them. They're not thinking about themselves. They're thinking about what they can do for others and I think that's awesome," Carr said.
The cheerleaders are also going to be selling all sorts of orange and purple wrist bands, t-shirts and ribbons. Those are Hailey's favorite colors.