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Citizens gather to pay tribute to Crocker siblings
Mourners hold flashlights and cellphones while listening to Dan Ailes playing "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes Saturday night at Baker Lake in Springfield. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD -- Approximately 200 people gathered at Baker Lake on Saturday night to honor the victims of crimes that shocked Effingham County and the nation.

In a memorial organized by local clergymen Bill Gammon, David Rose and George Pabst, the participants paid their respects to teen siblings Mary Crocker and Elwyn Crocker Jr., whose bodies were discovered in December 2018 buried in a wood line in the 400 block of Rosebud Place in Guyton. Fourteen-year-old Mary had been missing since October 2018. Elwyn  went missing in November 2016 when he was 14.

Five people face murder charges in connection to their deaths, including their father, stepmother and step-grandmother.