Murdered girl remembered at vigil

Posted at 10:33 PM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 22:33:41-05

Hundreds gathered outside the Taylor Sportsplex Thursday night to say goodbye to Emma Watson-Nowling.

The seven-year old, along with her mother Sharon Watson, were both shot by a family friend in the parking lot on December 3rd.

Investigators say 57-year-old Tim Obeshaw went to Emma's soccer practice, even hugging her at some point, before later shooting her to death. He then turned the gun on himself.

Emma had always wanted to be a police officer. At the vigil, Taylor's chief handed over a certificate to her father, making the little girl an honorary officer.

Her teammates on her soccer team signed a shirt and gave it to her father as well.

Earlier in the day, the family held a funeral for Emma. Her mother remains in the hospital, but Emma's father tells us she's making progress.

In his words, he says Sharon is, "doing exceptionally well."

We're told she's talking, alert, and taking short walks in the hallway.

A fundraiser is being held for the family at JP McGuire's restaurant on Goddard in Taylor on December 16th, from 7:00 pm-2:00 am.