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Plainview residents organize 'Balloons for Baby Brianna'

Plainview residents organizing vigil for "Baby Brianna" (source: KCBD video) Plainview residents organizing vigil for "Baby Brianna" (source: KCBD video)
Plainview residents organizing vigil for "Baby Brianna" (source: KCBD video) Plainview residents organizing vigil for "Baby Brianna" (source: KCBD video)
Plainview residents organizing vigil for "Baby Brianna" (source: KCBD video) Plainview residents organizing vigil for "Baby Brianna" (source: KCBD video)
PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) -

Officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice have confirmed that Stephanie Lopez, the mother of Baby Brianna, reported to her parole officer at the Plainview District Parole office on Thursday.

They say they cannot release exactly where Lopez will be living, but they say she will be near the community of Plainview.

Lopez was sentenced to 27-years in prison in 2003 after she was convicted of child abuse - after she didn't do anything to stop the beating, burning and rape of her 5-month-old daughter, Brianna.

After serving 13 years in prison, Lopez was released from a prison facility in Grants, New Mexico on Wednesday.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice told us "Like any other individual, she will be subject to rules of parole supervision while residing in the community."

They also said "Beyond the standard rules of supervision, Lopez is on GPS monitoring, cannot have any contact with co-defendants, and must pay fees."

With Lopez reporting to the Plainview District Parole office, this has some Plainview residents on edge.

We spoke with a group of community members organizing a candlelight vigil for Sunday evening in honor of Baby Brianna, calling it "Balloons for Baby Brianna."

They say they though they are angry Lopez will be near the area, they want this event to be peaceful and to remain peaceful.

"We want her mother to know that we know that she's here, that we know why she is here. And that no we aren't happy about it but we're going to gather as a community to become a surrogate family to Brianna," Plainview resident Casie Augustine said.

"We will voice our opinions and we will be heard. Brianna will be heard through us," Augustine said.

The vigil and balloon release will be held on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Kidsville Park in Plainview.

On the other side of this, a staff member at Trinity Life Church in Plainview says the church plans to pray for Stephanie Lopez.

They say they plan to reach out to Lopez to make her feel quote "loved and safe."

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