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The family of five-year-old Lizzy Shelley is breathing a little easier, as her murderer pleaded guilty to all serious charges facing him.

 

Alexander Whipple entered a guilty plea Tuesday, admitting to killing and sexually assaulting his five year old niece, Lizzy Shelley. In May, Whipple was arrested and charged after a five day search for the girl.

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In May, a 5-year-old girl, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Shelley, went missing in Logan. Many in the community got involved in the search. Most in the community sent their thoughts and prayers for the safe return of the girl. Then Lizzie’s body was found and an uncle is charged in her death. This was and is a community experience. A community trauma. Our communities suffer trauma on a frequent basis, recent mass shootings are examples. How does a community heal from such trauma? How does a community become resilient?

Norman Black, Lizzy Shelley's grandfather, prepares to read a statement to the media following a court appearance by Alexander Whipple.
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Alexander Whipple appeared in court again on Monday. The state has added new felonies to the list of charges he faces in connection with the death of his niece, five-year-old Lizzy Shelley of Logan.

Norman Black, Lizzy Shelley's step-grandfather, with a rock he painted in her memory.
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On a blustery Saturday afternoon at Elk Ridge Park in North Logan, families gathered to take advantage of the wind to get rainbow-colored kites up in the air.

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This week five-year-old Elizabeth Shelley was laid to rest in the Logan City Cemetery. On May 25th, she was reported missing from her house in Logan and a 5-day search followed. 

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Tributes abounded across Cache Valley this week in honor of 5-year-old Lizzy Shelley of Logan. Following a morning viewing, Shelley’s funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at Nyman Funeral Home. Multicolored ribbons, plush toys, handwritten notes and solemn-faced onlookers dotted the route of the procession from the funeral home to Logan Cemetery, which was led by police, a few hundred motorcyclists and festively decorated tow trucks.

Over the weekend families in Logan gathered with their children to show support for the family of Lizzy Shelley. The 5-year-old was found dead after she went missing. Her uncle has been charged in the case.