Laura Smither Remembrance - April 3, 2017

The small town of Friendswood was forever changed by the devastating abduction and murder of Laura Kate Smither on April 3rd 1997. Laura became Friendswood's child that day and every parent became more vigilant for the predators that we learned were amongst us. But the angels amongst us triumphed, with neighbours helping neighbours, and citizens stepping forward to find their town's missing child. The incredible outpouring of love that this Friendswood community gave to the Smither family and the organization to search for Laura, became the standard for searching for a missing child. Nineteen years after Laura lost her life, the man responsible for this heinous crime finally confessed to being responsible for her death, and for the murders of Jessica Cain, Kelli Cox and Tiffany Johnston in addition. On April 3rd, 2017 - the City of Friendswood marked the 20th anniversary of Laura's abduction and murder, with a public celebration and remembrance of Laura's life, in Stevenson Park, Friendswood, Texas. Hundreds of people came to the event, and the community recognized that the Triangle of Trust that was established in the search for Laura, was how every child should be searched for.

The celebration concluded with the releasing of butterflies into the park. Butterflies are a symbol of resurrection and our hope in the future.

Introduction to "Remembering Laura" by Friendswood Police Department Captain Josh Rogers.

Friendswood Police Chief Robert Wieners

Keynote Speaker - Galveston County District Attorney Mr. Jack Roady

Victim Advocate Mr. Andy Kahan, from the Office of the Mayor of Houston.

Parents of Laura Kate Smither, Bob and Gay Smither

Closing Remarks by Captain Josh Rogers