Vigil held to remember young woman, search for answers continue


Posted on January 22, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 6:50 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -  The funeral for Kristine Pierson was held Wednesday and after the service, family and friends returned to the Portland Neighborhood where police found her body to hold a remembrance vigil.

It was the first time the family returned to the site since officers discovered her body last Thursday.
“I’m numb,” Cheryl Browning, Pierson's mom said.  “I buried my baby today.”
The family invited media to this personal moment so they could ask for the community’s help.
“Somebody saw something.  We need help,” Browning said.  “Just help us, please.  I need to find out.  She wasn’t here on her own.”
Browning said she spoke to her daughter a couple days before she went missing and everything seemed fine. After a few days passed and she did not hear from her daughter, she said she sent Pierson a message via Facebook asking her daughter to contact her.

No one has come forward with information about how or why Pierson would have been in the Portland Neighborhood.  Family and friends said they do not know of any connections she had to the area. They described her as a happy person who loved to dance and wanted to be a model.
“You never saw her without a smile on her face, ever,” Kaitlyn Weir, Pierson's friend, said.  “She was just bubbly and she danced everywhere and she made every moment happier.”
The family is asking for anyone with information to come forward, even if they do not consider it to be significant.
“Kristine was not homeless.  Kristine was not a piece of trash to be left on a street corner,” Pastor Chris Gay, Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, said.  “Although this is a death investigation, there are still a lot of questions to be answered.”
If you have any information, you can contact police by calling 574-LMPD