Local woman wrote song to remember April Tinsley

A Fort Wayne woman wrote a song back in 1988 to cope with the pain of the April Tinsley case.

Posted: Jul. 18, 2018 5:35 PM
Updated: Jul. 19, 2018 8:49 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A Fort Wayne woman wrote a song back in 1988 to cope with the pain of the April Tinsley case. 

That was 30 years ago, and Mary Herendeen said she was only 22, and can't sing like that anymore. But, the song and the story aren't about Herendeen. She said it's all about April Tinsley. 

"I felt emotionally attached, very emotionally attached to that little girl. And every year April rolled around and the news would mention it. Nobody ever really let her go," she said. 

After the 8-year-old disappeared from her neighborhood, Herendeen said it hit everyone. That's what inspired her to write the song. 

"I was praying you know, let them find her and let her be okay, and everybody was, and I felt close to the people that were looking for her. I was just a kid back then," Herendeen said. 

She said the song was originally recorded on a boom box and a cassette tape. It wasn't until three years ago that she shared the song with April's parents. 

"I just want her parents to know that there's going to be a lot of people praying for them and that the community is there for them," she said. 

Now, with John Miller behind bars, Herendeen said it still hurts, but she knows April is at peace. 

Formal charges have been filed against John Miller. He will be back in court Thursday morning. 

Listen to the full song here: "Sweet April" 

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