Life of abducted Minnesota boy Jacob Wetterling, 11, celebrated

Life of abducted Minnesota boy Jacob Wetterling, 11, celebrated

Life of abducted Minnesota boy Jacob Wetterling, 11, celebrated

The city of St. Joseph was united in grief and support of the Wetterling family as thousands attended a memorial service to remember Jacob Wetterling.

Years after Jacob Wetterling's abduction, a billboard draws awareness to the case.

The program notes that the Wetterling family and friends will light 11 candles, one for each year of Jacob's life, at the outset of the service.

In this August 28, 2009, file photo, Patty and Jerry Wetterling show a photo of their son Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted in October of 1989 in St. Joseph, Minn.

All seats for Sunday's memorial service have been claimed, but space was still available in a simulcast location on the College of St. Benedict campus.

Jacob Wetterling was 11 years old when he was abducted October 22, 1989, in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

The memorial program for Jacob features a photo of him on a horse.

St. Joseph is also hosting the Millsstream Arts Festival that same day, so organizers anticipate signficant traffic for a small town.

Jacob's remains were recovered September 2 in a pasture on a rural Paynesville, Minn., farm.

Over the past 27 years in some of their darkest moments we learned about grace and courage from Patty, Jerry, and the entire Wetterling family. His killer confessed this month and led authorities to Jacob's remains.

There are now 354 missing and endangered children in Minnesota.

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