A candlelight vigil will be held Wednesday night in honor of Teekah Lewis, a 2 ½-year-old girl who disappeared Jan. 23, 1999, from a Tacoma bowling alley.
“I hate the 23rd of January. I don’t even want to wake up on that day but I do it. I do it for Teekah,” said her mother, Theresa Lewis.
Teekah went missing from New Frontier Lanes the night of Jan. 23 while her mother and other family members knocked down pins. The brown-eyed girl was last seen playing near a video game.
She was abducted about 10:15 p.m. Family members searched for Teekah for 15 minutes or so before alerting an off-duty Tacoma police officer at the scene.
Teekah’s family holds the vigil every year at the location where she vanished, trying to raise awareness about the girl’s disappearance in hopes someone will come forward with new information.
“We know somebody out there knows something,” Theresa Lewis said. “Fourteen years is way too long for any child to be missing.”
In addition to the vigil, Teekah’s family is collecting clothing and toys for homeless shelters, as well as arts and crafts and toys for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center.
The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 4702 S. Center St. in Tacoma. Teekah’s family will be at the location from 5 to 9 p.m.