BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - One year ago, on February 8th, a 17-year-old Carver High School student disappeared and hasn’t been seen since.
Friday night, Daniel Rickett’s family, marked this somber anniversary in hopes of getting answers and getting their son home.
They held a vigil at the Fountain Heights Park and there wasn’t a dry eye at the park. Family and friends reflected on what has been a difficult 12 months.
"Every day of 2018 was very hard, very difficult,” said Juanita Kirksey, Daniel Rickett’s godmother.
“I’m a mother of four and I cannot begin to imagine what she is going through about her son,” she continued.
Rickett was at home on February 7th recovering from eye surgery. The next morning when his mom woke up, he was gone, his cell phone was there, and the door was unlocked.
"We still feel like there is somebody out there that knows something, but they are not coming forth and sharing that information, vital information,” explained Kirksey.
“So, we want to continue to keep his name ringing in the households, so that whoever knows something that can be vital to the case, their heart can’t be perked, and they will give information that can lead to finding Daniel,” continued Kirksey.
At the vigil family and friend lit candles in Rickett’s memory.
“It’s excruciating to a person who will always be on pins and needles of wondering will he ever be found? Will I ever be able to see him, touch him, tell him I love him? From a parent to parent, it is very hard,” described Kirksey.
The family also penned heartfelt notes for Rickett, with the hopes he can one day read them. They also hope those notes provide support for Rickett’s mother during difficult days ahead.
"The day they go back and read those cards about Daniel they are going to be overwhelmed,” she continued.