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Special candlelight celebration Sunday for Brittany

A community candlelight celebration for Brittany Smith is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, in South Boston’s Constitution Square, according to organizer Lisa Wallace.

“We just wanted to welcome Brittany home,” said Wallace, who is being assisted by Christy Watts.

Brittany Smith was the object of a multi-state Amber Alert and nationwide search last week after the 12-year-old went missing from her Salem home. The girl was last seen Friday, Dec. 3, in a Salem Walmart in the company of her mother’s “boyfriend,” Jeffrey Scott Easley, 32, of Roanoke County.

Authorities found the body of Brittany’s mother, former Halifax County resident Tina Dyer Smith, Monday morning, Dec. 6, in the Salem home she shared with her daughter. When they realized a 12-year-old child was missing from the home, authorities requested a statewide Amber Alert.

The alert spread to a number of states over the week as the search for Brittany Smith and Easley went nationwide. The pair was located Friday afternoon in San Francisco, Calif., near a Safeway Store. Police took Easley into custody and took Brittany to a safe location. She returned home to South Boston early Tuesday morning.

Everyone is invited to the candlelight celebration which will feature music and speakers, said Wallace. “Some of Brittany’s family members also will be there,” Wallace said.

A “love offering” for Brittany will be collected, and anyone who wishes to attend is asked to bring a candle, said Wallace.

Also, a memorial service for Tina Smith is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Ash Avenue Baptist Church in South Boston. The Rev. John Eure, pastor of the church, will conduct the service.