This story was originally published on Nov. 30, 2006.
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A short prayer service Wednesday night commemorated the one-year anniversary of Amber Harris' disappearance, near the last place she was seen.
At the corner of Florence Boulevard and Pinkney Street, a tree was decorated with balloons and stuffed animals. As Ty Schenzel, a pastor at Trinity Interdenominational Church, led prayers, people kept trickling in, most bundled up against the cold.
"Last year was colder than this, " Michael Harris said after the service ended, remembering the night his daughter disappeared. "There will never be closure to this."
Schenzel said he dreams of Omaha's streets being safe for children and said the best way to honor Amber was to live changed lives.
"We pray for healing in the family, healing in the marriage and healing in the children, " Schenzel said.
Amber Harris was last seen leaving her school bus Nov. 29, 2005. Her skeletal remains were discovered May 11 in a shallow grave at Hummel Park. Police say she died from blunt-force trauma.
Melissa Harris, Amber's mother, said Wednesday that she spent the day reflecting on her daughter's face and wondering exactly what happened to her.