Gabriella Doolin's death is being treated as a homicide

By Tara Fowler
Updated November 16, 2015 08:40 AM
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A 7-year-old girl was found dead in a creek on Saturday after she went missing while watching a peewee football game with her mother.

Gabriella Doolin and her mother were watching the game at Allen County High School in Scottsville, Kentucky, when the 7-year-old disappeared. Her mother called state police to report her daughter missing at 7:40 p.m. Gabriella’s body was found in the creek behind the school about 20 minutes later, WSMV reports.

Gabriella’s death is being treated as a homicide, Kentucky State Police said in a statement. “The Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville will be performing an autopsy to determine the exact manner and cause of death,” the agency said.

In a statement, Gabriella’s heartbroken father, Brian Doolin, said he’d “give anything to hold my baby girl just one more time,” the Bowling Green Daily News reports.

“Please continue to pray for my family. I don’t know why anyone would do this to a baby or anyone for that matter!” he added.

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The little girl’s senseless death has left the tight-knit community shaken. “This could happen anywhere, very quickly. I think it’s safe to say Allen County has changed forever,” Trooper B.J. Eaton told WAVE-TV.

A prayer vigil for Gabriella was held on Sunday. The investigation is ongoing.