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7-year-old cheerleader’s body found in pond minutes after she was reported missing at football game

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SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. — A 7-year-old Kentucky girl was found dead in a pond only minutes after she was reported missing at a football game.

Gabriella “Gabby” Doolin was with her mother at Allen County-Scottsville High School to watch a football game on Saturday night.

Gabby’s mother told police she vanished while she was cheering on her two brothers who were playing in the game. Less than an hour after she was first reported missing, Kentucky State Police received a report that Gabby’s body was found in a pond in a wooded area behind the school, according to WKYT.

According to WTVF, Gabby’s death was labeled a homicide. The medical examiner’s report has not been released.

Brian Doolin, the girl’s father, posted a statement on Facebook:

“Thank you friends and family.. we’ve never been this empty. I’d give anything to hold my baby girl just one more time… I love her with all my heart… please continue to pray for my family… I would of gladly traded places with my baby girl.. I don’t know why anyone would do this to a baby or anyone for that matter!”

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