Why would anyone have killed Genelle Renee Conway-Allen, a student at Green Valley Middle School? The community in Fairfield is trying to find out and remember her. Terry McSweeny reports.
Fairfield authorities on Tuesday identified the 13-year-old girl found slain in a park whose naked body was discovered Friday by a homeless man.
The Solano County Coroner identified the girl as Genelle Renee Conway-Allen, a student at Green Valley Middle School who lived in a foster home with her younger brother in Suisin City.
Genelle never came home from school Thursday. She was reported missing Thursday night and her body was discovered the next morning.
"I think it's terrible," her friend Alyssa Watkins said. "She didn't deserve this. She was only 13. Everyone at that age should have a long life ahead of them. She deserved to live a good life."
A relative of the girl came out to Allan Witt Park this week to see for herself where Genelle had been found. She placed purple and red tulips, the girl's favorite colors, at the make-shift memorial.
"She was a very sweet, loving girl," said Sandy who did not want to release her last name.
She said the family is heartbroken and wants answers.
"You hate to think about it and hate that it happened and yet you have the need to know," she said.
According to news reports, Genelle and her brother had been in and out of foster care because of their mother's personal struggles. Her father, according to reports, was not part of her life.
Fairfield police said they would hold a press conference Wednesday to update the case.
Police released three photos of the victim late Tuesday. They said the first two are recent pictures show Genelle’s hair styles consistent with when she was last seen. The third picture was captured at the intersection of E Tabor Ave and Grande Circle in Fairfield minutes before Genelle was last seen.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen her in the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 11 until she was discovered early the following day to please call the Fairfield Police Department Major Crimes Unit 24-hour Tip Line at (707) 428-7345. Callers can remain anonymous