Lisa Irwin's family asks for end to vigils outside home

Group doesn't understand why

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A group of people publicly praying for Lisa Irwin said they don't understand why her family wants them gone.

Edith Fine-Duskin, the leader of Lisa's Angels, says she cried when Jeremy Irwin's mother gave her the news Monday night. Tuesday night was the final vigil on the Irwin property.

"Yes, it is disappointing. It's heartbreaking," said Fine-Duskin.

The group has held nightly vigils since Lisa's disappearance on Oct. 4. Fine-Duskin said she can't understand why the family wants the nightly gathering gone.

"I'm doing everything I can to bring that child back to her and her family," said Fine-Duskin.

Jeremy Irwin's father, Rick, said the family appreciates the support and hopes it will continue, just not in the front yard.

"Continuing to have them here in the yard is just overwhelming for them," said Rick Irwin.

He said while the family will never be back to normal, they are trying to recapture some of it, not only for Lisa's parents but also her two half brothers.

"Kids are resilient, but still under these kinds of circumstances, these kids are torn up inside too," said Rick Irwin.

Rick Irwin encourages people to keep praying, looking and supporting. Fine-Duskin said they will do just that.

"Because we haven't found baby Lisa. Why give up on a child?" she said.

Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley were not present at the final vigil. They left the property a few minutes prior. The group wishes Lisa's parents had participated more.

Fine-Duskin said the vigils will continue, but she is unsure where they will be held.

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