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Family, friends gather to remember mother killed

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

It's been three years since a 23-year-old mother of two was found dead at a Saginaw cemetery. Thursday night, family and friends came together to remember Jessica Leigh Callan.

Police believe Callan was killed somewhere and then left at the cemetery. But there still were a lot of unanswered questions about her murder three years later, including who the killer was.

The group of mourners chose a sacred spot to remember Callan.

A moment of silence was held, followed by the release of three balloons, meant to mark three years to the day that Jessica was found murdered. Three years and no arrests.

Jessica's mother, Michelle Berk, wanted the memorial to take place at the location her daughter's body was found. 

"We haven't had Jessie here for the last three years but this person, whoever they may be, gets their freedom for the last three years," said Berk. "I know that there was a lady here visiting her husband at his gravesite, and she started to drive out and she saw Jessie laying in the grass."

Callan's best friend, Amanda Butson, is still trying to piece together what happened.

"She would definitely not go with someone she didn't know, so for me it's someone that she knew," said Butson.

Michelle Berk says her daughter was just becoming a woman with a budding interest in politics.

"She would call me up on the phone and say, did you see so-and-so's going to be for president, you know she started to, she was growing up, she was 23-years-old, she was just starting to experience life," said Berk.

Friends, however, still mourn the loss of someone who knew how to be a good mother.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, police urge them to call to Crimestoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL.

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