Marysa Nichols lived in Red Bluff with her mother but had close ties to the Central Valley. She was born in Tulare and temporarily lived in Lindsay with her father. Word of her death has shocked the Fresno community.
Marysa’s father Ricky Nichols said, "Last thing I said to her, I love you with all my heart and I'll love you forever. She's a great kid, beautiful child."
Family in Lindsay tried helping with the search, passing out flyers throughout the town, not knowing if Marysa could have possibly run away. On Thursday the girl's body was found in a field near the school.
"To me it's like I'm in a nightmare, I'm going to wake up but I don't understand how anybody can do this," said Nichols.
The victim's cousin Barbara Odom said, "He took away something that we're never going to get back again. We're never going to see her ever again. He took her away from us."
Since news of her death the family has received an outpouring of support from the community. Many remember Marysa as an outgoing person.
"I want them to remember her by her smile and her good spirit. She had a really good spirit. She was just a good person," Odom said.