Local balloon release planned in honor of missing Houston child

NAVASOTA, Tex. (KBTX)- It's been nearly two weeks since Maleah Davis, 4, went missing in Houston.

It's a mystery that's received worldwide attention and for many in the Brazos Valley, it's a case that's too similar to other heartbreaking tragedies involving missing children.

"As parents, it bothers us a lot, so we had to do something," said Navasota resident Salina Lindley. She says a post on Facebook turned into a planned event this upcoming Saturday that will honor little Maleah.

A balloon release event is set for 3:00 p.m. at the courtyard by the Navasota Jr. High School gym.

Lindley says she's planning the ceremony along with her neighbor, Tara Gamble. The two are mothers who each have a child close to Maleh's age.

"It's too much for our community to have to hear about this, especially when we had to hear about what happened to Rayven Shields and Hazana Anderson."

Saturday's event is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to wear or bring balloons that are pink, purple and white.

"As parents, this is something that hurts and I pray to God that one day it stops," said Lindley.