Vigil remembers girl found dead in Baltimore home

Grandmother organizes gathering for Ciara Jobes

December 12, 2003|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

A year to the day after Ciara Jobes' bruised and emaciated body was found in a Southeast Baltimore rowhouse, her grandmother returned there last night to hold a candlelight vigil.

"We came here tonight to let Ciara know that she may be gone a year, but we still think about her," said Iva Cruse, 55, who organized the gathering at the O'Donnell Heights rowhouse where Ciara, who was 15 when she died, spent her last days.

Police found the girl's body, which was covered with cuts from recent beatings, last Dec. 12 and arrested her legal guardian, Satrina Roberts, 32, who lived with Ciara in the home in the 1200 block of Gregor Way.

Roberts is jailed, awaiting trial on a charge of first-degree murder.

Despite a cold wind, Cruse took off her coat to show a T-shirt she wore with a photo of Ciara.

Below the photo were the words "Never Forgotten."

Family members lighted white candles and sang "Amazing Grace."

After the vigil, Cruse blamed the court system for allowing Ciara to stay with Roberts - a friend of Ciara's mother. Ciara's mother had AIDS and died last year.

Cruse said that if the courts had allowed the girl to live with her family she would be alive.

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