Memorial held for April Tinsley two weeks after Miller's arrest

Nearly two weeks after April Tinsley's allegedly murderer, John Miller was arrested, a memorial service was held for her in her garden.

Posted: Jul. 28, 2018 7:28 PM
Updated: Jul. 29, 2018 4:40 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Nearly two weeks after April Tinsley's allegedly murderer, John Miller, was arrested, a memorial service was held for her in her garden.

Community members said the reality that her case is finally coming to a close is still setting in.

"Shock a lot of shock. It's been almost two weeks since they made the arrest and it hasn't sank in," said Tommy Goings.

Goings helped build April's Garden back in 2015. It started as a few roses, and grew from there, even including a mini library for kids in the neighborhood.

Now, community members and organizers of the memorial service want April's family to know they have support.

"Justice is finally getting served," said Joseph Stellhorn, who helped organize the event Saturday.

A friend of Janet Tinsley's spoke on her behalf, and said the love pouring in has been overwhelming.

"The family itself is elated they are finally meeting their monster and able to get justice in their case," said Stacey Davis.

And Goings said April is smiling on them, and sending small messages to let them know.

"She's dancing in heaven right now. She'd be dancing. She's got the butterflies circulating in the garden. I can see the angel butterfly flying over there now," Goings said.

A candlelight vigil will be held Sunday night at Fairfield Elementary. A magnolia tree will also be planted in her memory.

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