Family and friends of Belton teen Kara Kopetsky say goodbye at memorial service

After a decade, Kara Kopetsky’s family and friends said goodbye.

Goodbye to the daughter who at the age of 17 never came home. Goodbye to the person her mother remembers as being wonderful and fun loving.

More than 10 years after Kopetsky vanished, friends and family celebrated her life during a memorial service Saturday afternoon.

The service was open to anyone and everyone, her mother, Rhonda Beckford said.

“It’s our way of saying goodbye to Kara after 10 years and honoring her and her life,” she said of the Saturday memorial service.

Back in May 2007, Kopetsky walked out of Belton High School before her afternoon classes.

She didn’t return home. She didn’t show up for her 4 p.m. shift at a nearby Popeye’s restaurant.

It wasn’t until last month that a set of human bones found in early April in Cass County were identified as Kopetsky’s.

Also found near there were the remains of Jessica Runions, a woman who went missing in September 2016.

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