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Her friend Chris Noble of Lakewood said, "It really just hits home" looking around at all the children gathered at the vigil. "It's a shock. It's devastating."

During the vigil attendees signed a card offering hope and prayers and thanking police officers who have given hundreds of hours to find the missing child.

One family wrote, "Thank you for all you guys do and God bless. AJ we're praying for your safe return. God Bless Crystal Lake."

Freund and Cunningham appeared to have attended the vigil separately. At one point they embraced.

On Saturday, groups gathered to search large fields and areas along the Crystal Lake shores. Freund was taken with undercover police officers to the Crystal Lake police station where he was interviewed for about four hours. He left and walked home. When asked how he has been he said, "It is hell on earth," and asked that people keep his son in their prayers. Freund was seen taking his dog out Sunday morning, a neighbor said.

George Kililis, who is also representing Cunningham along with Ridings, said the mother is "devastated and sad" and has nothing to do with AJ's disappearance. He said she asks that people continue to help find her son.


(Chicago Tribune reporter Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas contributed.)

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