‘Please understand, we need to grieve’: Christina Morris’ mom speaks after human remains identified

COLLIN COUNTY-- Medical examiners confirmed skeletal remains found by a construction crew clearing brush, Wednesday morning, are those of Christina Morris. She'd been missing for over three years after vanishing from the Shops at Legacy in Plano.

Christina Morris' mom, Jonni Hare, showed up at the active scene near Black Willow Trail and Taylor Boulevard with flowers Thursday morning.

"I just want everyone to know please respect our privacy, we need time to heal,"Hare said at a Plano PD afternoon presser.

She also posted this on Facebook:

Ctsy: Facebook

Enrique Arochi has been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping Christina. He was the last person spotted with her leaving the Shops at Legacy in Plano on the night of August 30 2014.

Cops say Christina's DNA was discovered in Arochi's car and his cell phone pinged in the Anna area after Christina went missing.

Arochi has always stuck to his story, that he's an innocent man.

On Thursday night, neighbors and friends gathered for a vigil in Christina Morris' memory.

"I feel very conflicted. I'm not sure if I feel a sense of relief for the family so that they can find some peace and closure but at the same time I feel very sad. I pray that justice is served for Christina. It's a tragedy. It's been a three year long nightmare," LeKita McMillan said, who organized the vigil.

Laura Wilder, who also lives in the neighborhood said, "It shook up a lot of people in our neighborhood that she was found so close to where we live. "I'm really grateful that this case is finally coming to a close because her family has been searching for three and a half long years for her."

"I feel a sense of community. Just to come together for one common cause and to show this family that we love them and that our prayers are with them," McMillan added.