Alexis Gabe’s family hold memorial in Oakley to mark 1 year since disappearance and murder

OAKLEY, Calif. (KGO) — Alexis Gabe disappeared on January 26. On Saturday, almost a year after the date, the family marked the occasion with a memorial in Oakley, where they live.

“It’s not just like I’ve lost a part of myself. It’s more like I’ve lost memories that I could have had with you,” said his brother, Gwyn. Mr. Gabe, during his speech.

In her speech, Alexis’ mother, Rowena, shared memories of her daughter – memories that she says give her the strength to carry on.

“I want to tell you (Alexis) right now, nothing, not death or the passage of time, will change the love I have for you,” Rowena said.

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The family also took the time to thank the hundreds of volunteers who helped find Alexis over the past year.

“This community has searched, prayed, mourned and now celebrates our Alexis with us. And I can’t thank you enough,” said one of his cousins, who also gave a speech.

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In June, Oakley police announced that Alexis had been killed by her ex-boyfriend, Marshall Jones. The Gabe family later learned that Jones allegedly cut up his body and attempted to dispose of the remains.

It may be a memorial to Alexis, but the family says their work isn’t done.

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Her father, Gwyn, said earlier this week they were informed that part of her remains may have been found.

“We’re waiting for confirmation. We hope it’s her,” her father said.

Jones was killed in June by law enforcement while trying to serve him with a warrant near Seattle. But the Gabe family is preparing a lawsuit against Jones’ mother for allegedly aiding and abetting.

“I will help keep your name in everyone’s mind. And I will make sure you are not forgotten,” her brother also said during his speech.

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The family say there can never be closure over the loss of a daughter – and they are not giving up the fight.

“Losing my daughter is really difficult. So there’s no closure for that. And we still need justice. And we’ll keep looking,” Rowena said.

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