PHOTO GALLERY: Vigil on Friday night honors lives of Alyssa Runyon and Zaylynn Paz

By Newton Now staff

On Friday night, around 150 or so people attended the candlelight vigil and balloon release honoring Alyssa Runyon and her daughter, 4-year-old Zaylynn Paz, who were murdered in their Newton home on Tuesday and were found that morning.

Family members, members of the community and Newton police were in attendance.

The crowd released orange and pink balloons, since those were the mother’s and daughter’s favorite colors. Photos by Wendy Nugent/Newton Now