A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night in honor of a 5-year-old girl who was raped and murdered 15 years ago.
Friends and family of I’riana DeJesus gathered at North Fairhill and West Pike streets around 7 p.m. in North Philadelphia for the vigil. The young girl’s body was discovered inside a building at 8th and Pike streets, only a few blocks from where she lived, back in 2000.
Police and the FBI continue to search for the girl’s alleged killer and rapist Alexis Flores. He’s believed to have been in hiding in his native Honduras over the past few years, receiving help from his own family, according to sources.
Flores was linked to the girl’s murder after he was arrested in Phoenix on forgery charges back in 2004. A DNA match to her murder came several years later however. By that time Flores had already been deported. He was placed on the FBI’s Ten most Wanted Fugitives List. There is a reward up to $100,000 for information leading to his capture.