Hundreds attend tribute for slain SoCal teen -

Hundreds attend tribute for slain SoCal teen

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) -- A 14-year-old San Diego-area girl whose bones were found more than a year after she vanished walking to school is being remembered as a voracious reader with a fertile imagination and a profound love of animals.

More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday on a sun-drenched track field at Escondido High School to hear stories about Amber Dubois from teachers and friends.

A llama, a parrot, a monkey, a snake and a wolf all made appearances.

The ceremony ended when the parents of four young girls who perished released doves in their memoires. They included Brent and Kelly King, whose 17-year-old daughter Chelsea was killed after disappearing from a park last month.

Police say John Albert Gardner III is a suspect in Amber's death. The convicted sex offender has pleaded not guilty to murdering Chelsea King.

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