Valley Park, MO (KSDK) - More than a decade after Casey Williamson's murder her family is asking for your help to turn the tragedy into something positive.
The little girl with the million dollar smile was only six when she was killed near her Valley Park home in July, 2002.
"She was a very happy outgoing little girl who was afraid of nothing, ever," said Williamson's mom, Angela Muehlenbrock.
Williamson's family observed a somber milestone at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Valley Park Friday.
"Today's Casey's birthday," said Muehlenbrock. "She'd be 17."
Williamson's classmates are 16 and 17 year-old juniors at Valley Park High School and many say they stay connected to Casey every day of their lives.
"I'll go through the cemetery and sit there and pretty much talk to her a lot just to get everything off my chest and I know she's always there for me," said childhood friend Karina Whitney. "Some way, somehow she kind of gives me a little advice."
Williamson's family wants to repay that loyalty and support with a $500 scholarship to every member of her class.
"It just means a lot to us to have her remembered in a way at their graduation by sending them off to a good start," said Williamson's great aunt, Della Steele.
The third annual Jingle Jog happens Saturday, December first. All the proceeds go to the Casey Williamson memorial scholarship fund. But the family needs your help.
"This year it's getting very important because we only have one more year," said Muehlenbrock. "We've got about half the scholarships we need."
It's about remembering her in a good way and doing what we can to help the kids in her class go forward and make a difference in this world," said Steele.
Karina Whitney hopes to use her scholarship on the way to becoming a special education teacher.
"My great aunt actually does that and she's been with a girl ever since she's been in kindergarten," said Whitney. "And I want to be able to become just like her and do everything she's done for that little girl."
This year's Jingle Jog 5K run and fun walk will be at Arnold Grove Trailhead Park in Valley Park. Click here for times, to register or to make an online donation.
Della Steele says the money is handled and distributed to the students by the Valley Park School District.
Johnny Johnson, the man convicted of Casey Williamson's murder, was sentenced to death and lost an appeal.