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Family and friends gather to remember a young murder victim

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Family and friends honored the life of a young North Texas murder victim on Sunday.

The woman accused of killing 2-year-old Grace Ford, her father's fiancé, is still sitting in jail.

Grace was killed last month and would've turned three on Monday. 

Grace's mother Emily says she's trying to move forward while keeping her daughter's memory alive at the same time.  Emily has started the Amazing Grace Project to help protect kids like Grace.

"It's for families who CPS is not protecting their child," says Emily Ford.  "Maybe their child is not safe, that their child is still in harms way."

On Sunday in honor of Grace's birthday, which is on Monday, family and friends wore pink and Minnie Mouse ears, released balloons and remembered little Grace.

Grace's accused killer Melinda Muniz, 25, is her father's fiancé.  Muniz is accused of suffocating Grace by covering her face with duct tape.  She's charged with capital murder.

Police say on January 9th, Muniz set up the Plano apartment she shared with Grace's father to make it look like she and Grace were attacked.

Police say store surveillance video shows Muniz buying duct tape less than an hour before she allegedly staged the phony attack and that Grace's father and broken up with Muniz earlier that day.

Grace's mother says she's working on getting a website up for the Amazing Grace Project.  And she says she hopes her daughter's death wasn't in vain if they can keep other children safe.

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