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Bellevue community members hold candlelight vigil in honor of children found dead over the weekend

Posted at 6:50 PM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 11:56:59-04

BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) — It’s a tragic story that has laid heavy on the hearts of the Bellevue community.

Two children, Theodore and Emily Price, were found dead in their home on Sunday after their mother pleaded with police to check on them, leaving a family friend to eventually confirm her worst fears.

“I couldn’t even imagine," said community member Lynnette Rohde. "I can’t put myself in her place. I just can’t even imagine.”

Rohde said when she heard the news, she wanted to give the community a chance to come together and remember the two children.

With approval from Mary Nielsen, the children’s mother, Rohde put together a candlelight vigil on Tuesday night at Twin Ridges Park.

Those that knew the children gathered alongside strangers, all there to honor and share memories of Teddy and Emme.

"The kids were important," Rohde said. "They were innocent. They didn’t deserve anything. They need to be remembered.”

The group was also there to support a grieving mother. Nielsen joined the vigil over FaceTime as she was unable to attend in person.

"She has support from strangers, friends, coworkers, family, everybody. A lot of people have come together for her, and she has support if she needs," said Rohde.

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Their father, Adam Price, is in California facing extradition back to Nebraska. He was supposed to appear in court Tuesday but the hearing was postponed until Wednesday afternoon.

The reason for the postponement isn’t clear but we do know Bellevue investigators are still working on the case.

A few detectives have been sent to California to try to get some answers from Price about what lead to the deaths of his two children.

In Bellevue, they are still gathering evidence and talking with those who knew the family to try to piece together a better picture.

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