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The Sydney Loofe family is getting widespread support from family and friends — and many people they have never even met.
Standing on the corner across from the Saline County Courthouse, a woman displays a sign while wearing a shirt that says. “Everything will be wonderful someday.” She solemnly holds a sign that reads, “Wilber will never forget Sydney Loofe!!! Prayers for her family & friends!!!”
Eileen Campbell of Wilber said she wants to show her support for the family as her murder trial begins and hopes others in the community join her.
"I just want justice for Sydney,” Campbell said. “These murderers aren't our people."
Sitting in the middle of the courtroom Wednesday, Sydney’s immediate family — parents George and Susie Loofe, and siblings Levi and MacKenzie — sat in the courtroom surrounded by extended family, friends and their former pastor, David Kuhfal.
A David City woman, who said she has never met the Loofes, also sat behind the family to show her support.
“Sydney’s story just tugs at my heartstrings,” she said. “Sydney was about my granddaughter’s age, and I just want to show my support for the family.”
As the trial reconvened about 10:25 a.m., the judge, jurors, attorneys, media, family and others were present. It seemed that everyone was accounted for — that is except for the defendant, Aubrey Trail.
District Judge Vicky Johnson said there had been a delay, but she was not going to discuss reasons for the delay.
“I’m not going to muddy the waters,” the judge said.
Then she gave further directions to the jurors, instructing them not to read anything on social media or visit any of the locations involved in the case.
“And there is someone outside with a sign,” the judge said. “Pay no attention.”
The jury was told that the delay would continue and the judge called a recess a few minutes later. Jurors were asked to return at 12:45 p.m. The first witnesses are expected to take the stand this afternoon.