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Thousands on Facebook post prayers, thoughts for Phylicia Barnes

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Thousands of people have posted comments on the Facebook page "Pray for Phylicia Barnes" in the months following her disappearance.

Click here to view a photo gallery of Phylicia Barnes


Photos: Click here for a photo gallery of Phylicia

Barnes is the 16 year old from Monroe, NC, who went to Baltimore in December 2010 to visit relatives during the Christmas holiday.

She was reported missing on Dec. 28. Click to read our main story about Phylicia Barnes.

On Wednesday, April 20, her body was found in a Maryland river about an hour's drive northeast from where she was last seen. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Click here to access the Facebook page for Phylicia Barnes

As of Friday at 2:20 p.m., 29,272 people had clicked "Like" on the Facebook page for Barnes and many had left condolences which indicates an overwhelming outpouring of support for her and her family.

According to the creator of this Facebook page, the page was created as a place for people to post "...thoughts and prayers of those who love her."

"My heart goes out to Phylicia's family and friends," said Rachel Moxley. "I'm so sorry her life ended like this, and I hope whoever was responsible is found quickly. God bless."

Kimberly Dunn wrote, "All cases of missing kids/adults that end in murder are sad, but this case has really touched my heart. From day one I've been following and praying for a safe return...well God has another angel who was a great delight and inspiration to many. My prayers and condolences are with the family and I know that whomever is responsible for this will be caught and have to face the laws of the land and God! Rest in peace sweet Phylicia."

Many posted words of encouragement for the Barnes family. She lived in Monroe with her father and her mother lives in Atlanta.

"I pray for Janice Sallis, her mother, and the Barnes family and May the peace of GOD rest over them doing their time of grieving," said Vontrice Brown. "I am praying for this family."

Pat Thompson wrote, "My heart and prayers go out to the Barnes family. God will wipe all tears from your eyes. Be strong and know that thousands of people have you in their thoughts during this terrible time."

Barnes' body was discovered Wednesday morning by workers at a dam on the Susquehanna River. They immediately notified authorities who removed her naked body from the water. Officials said there were not obvious signs of trauma on her body. A male's body was found some distance away, but officials are not sure at this time if the two cases are related.

I hope that your family will always think of you the way that you were not the way you left this world," said Timia Williams.

Marcus Strider Dent is with an organization called The Guardian Angels.

"The Guardian Angels extend their condolences to both the Sallis Family and the Barnes Family on the loss of Phylicia. The loss of someone as promising as Phylicia can leave an empty hole that is difficult to refill," and Dent adds, "this has been one of the most heartbreaking situations I have faced as a Guardian Angel."

Jamillah Ramzah said she was heartbroken with grief for the Barnes' family.

"We hear about these stories and then we slowly forget until the next murder. We have to learn something from these tragedies," Ramzah said. "This young woman's death should not be in vain. We have to do a better job of raising our children. Lets teach them to respect life. God has given all of us free will. Some use it for good while others use it for evil. I don't know why this happened, but I do know it didn't have to happen."

In expressing condolences to the Barnes family, Bonnie Brisoe also remembered the families of other victims who were found during the search for Barnes during the last four months.

"Also in the process of searching for Phylicia, 2 other people were found. I pray for those families that were missing their loved ones too and are not grieved with knowing that their loved one is gone," Briscoe said.

Barnes went to Maryland in December to visit her half sister, Deena. While no one has been charged with Barnes' murder, police did question Deena's former boyfriend who later hired an attorney.

"Another crime committed against our young due to the company we keep. We have to be aware of the people we keep in our homes," Aleatha Beardsley said. "This beautiful young lady had a full life ahead of her. And to the responsible party or parties for this tragedy needs to seek help. People like you HELL is sure waiting for."

It is worth mentioning that many of the entries on the Facebook page are black, white, young, old and many of the people say they didn't know Barnes at all.

Some, like Leslie Sears, said they were just moved to reach out on Facebook after hearing what happened to her.   

"My baby girl....even though I didn't know you, that's what I always called you when I came to your page on a daily basis. So so sorry it had to end like this precious angel. My condolences to your family and friends," said Sears.

Eric Chambers Michaud wrote, "RIP Phylicia. I did not know you but I believe the world is missing out on a Beautiful person. Your smile could brighten any day!"

Click here to access the Facebook page for Phylicia Barnes.

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