- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) - The local leader of a Navajo Nation community where an 11-year-old girl was abducted says a “Day of Healing” is taking place for residents and her relatives, some two weeks after her body was found south of Shiprock, New Mexico.

Rick Nez says the Day of Healing on Thursday is a first for the San Juan Chapter east of Shiprock - with a state lawmaker, medicine man, county commissioner and powwow drum group taking part. Nez is the chapter president.

He says the tragic death of fifth-grader Ashlynne Mike has devastated the tribe.

Authorities say she was lured into a van by a stranger on May 2 and taken to an area south of the towering monolith that gives the town of Shiprock its name. She was found dead the next day.

Tom Begaye, a man from a nearby town, is being held on charges of murder and kidnapping in the case.


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