Tucson waits, prays for return of Isabel Celis

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Tucson waits, prays for return of Isabel Celis

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Apr 22, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Three hundred sixty-five balloons representing 365 days since the disappearance of little Isabel Celis. 

"Those are the days that are gone and now it's Isa's time to come home," said Becky Celis, Isabel's mother. 

A family: Relying on prayer, the community and each other; but each day it's a struggle to stay strong.

"We can't be broken when she gets home," Becky Celis said. "We need to be strong for her, so that's what we try to do everyday is keep ourselves strong."

They have a lot of help. Sunday, the Tucson community came together for Sunday mass to pray for Isa and her family. And after, a day of safety and awareness. Kids were fingerprinted, faces painted, and friends and family came together to remember the little girl they are missing. 

"She was funny and laughed and danced a lot," said Citlali Larrazolo, her godmother. "We spent a lot of time together."

Above all, they continue to keep hope alive through events like these and through well wishes and tips on social media. 

"That just adds to the hope: Eyes are still out there, still looking, and absolutely not forgotten," said Sergio Celis, Isa's father. 

And they aren't giving up hope.