Candlelight vigil, saying goodbye to baby Natallya

Posted at 11:56 PM, May 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-16 23:56:40-04

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. – Family and friends gathered Saturday night for a candlelight vigil held in memory of 4-month-old Natallya Rich, whose body was found in the family’s crawlspace.

Brittany Rich, Natallya’s mother, said the most difficult part now is living inside the home where her daughter was found.

“I was just able to step foot inside the house today,” said Brittany.

Living in a home with such painful memories is something Natallya’s Grandmother, Heidi Thill, is struggling with too.

“It’s okay for me to be there because you remember the love that was in there, you don’t remember that they found her in my crawl space,” said Thill.

Moving forward one step at a time, family and friends held a candlelight vigil for Natallya; saying prayers and lighting Chinese lanterns outside of the same home where Matthew Bradley admitted he hid Natallya’s body.

“It’s hard to sit there and think about it,” said Brittany. “I can’t go down there and see it but I can only imagine it.”

Natallya’s funeral is being held in Sparta Wednesday. Family and friends are getting ready to say their final ‘goodbyes,’ while police continue their investigation.