A public memorial service was held Sunday for 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.
Jacob was kidnapped in 1989. His killer confessed this month and led authorities to Jacob's remains.
The service featured a boys' choir, the reading of a Native American prayer and the playing of Jacob's favorite song, "Listen" by folk singer Red Grammer.
St. Benedict's president, Mary Hinton, welcomed the crowd by saying "all of our children are safer forever," thanks to the Wetterling family.
Jacob's mother, Patty Wetterling, told families of abducted children, "We won't give up." And she addressed Jacob: "Our love for you will never die.
Governor Mark Dayton issued the following statement Sunday, following the memorial service for Jacob Wetterling.
“Today is a very hard day for the Wetterling family and for all Minnesotans. Jacob’s tragedy profoundly affected all of us. On behalf of all Minnesotans, I extend my deepest condolences to the Wetterling family.”
On Friday, Governor Dayton issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, October 22, 2016, to be “Jacob Wetterling Day” in the State of Minnesota, marking the 27th anniversary of his kidnapping.