ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (AP) — People are gathered to remember an abducted Minnesota boy whose remains were found after a search of nearly three decades.
A public memorial service was being held Sunday for 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.
Jacob was kidnapped in 1989. His killer confessed this month and led authorities to Jacob's remains.
The service featured a boys' choir, the reading of a Native American prayer and the playing of Jacob's favorite song, "Listen" by folk singer Red Grammer.
St. Benedict's president, Mary Hinton, welcomed the crowd by saying "all of our children are safer forever," thanks to the Wetterling family.
Jacob's mother, Patty Wetterling, told families of abducted children, "We won't give up." And she addressed Jacob: "Our love for you will never die."