Posted 10:22 PM 8/27/2012 : Church mass celebrating Isabel Celis' birthday
TUCSON - Monday was Isabel Celis' seventh birthday, but there's hardly reason to celebrate. The focus is still on finding her.
Here are the quick facts, she was last seen, by her parents, late on April 20th.
Her father reported her missing from her bedroom the next morning.
Tucson Police have pored over thousands of leads.
A special mass was held at the family's church.
It was a touching service. Even with their loved one missing, the family celebrated as if Isabel was home.
They started the day with donuts and balloons, Isabel's favorite.
As the sunset over St. Joseph's Parish dozens of community members filled the pews.
Isabel's family was greeted by hugs.
Becky Celis says, "we got flowers from family and friends and they were all really sweet, but it's really hard, really hard to celebrate when she's not here."
Sergio Celis says, "we woke up this morning and the first thing I said was to my boys and I told each one of my boys happy birthday because I had to say happy birthday to someone this morning."
Sergio says keeping a routine, is how they get through the day.
Eleven year old Julian Celis says, "every night when we do the rosary. I just pray to god to help us find her."
Wearing rosaries and ribbons close to their hearts, they're determined never to lose hope.
Isabel's other brother, fifteen year old Sergio says, "mainly I pray that she comes home quickly, safely the next day so that we don't have to live another day of this nightmare."
"Just the fact that we're doing the mass, and thanking God for her, even though she's not here. We want to thank God that she was given to us, and hopefully she'll come back soon," says Becky.
Both Becky and Sergio say they are back at home, and back at work, staying strong for their children.
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