Tuesday, May 21st

Jayme Closs, who was kidnapped in October and held for 88 days by a man who killed her parents, accepts the "hometown hero" award from the Wisconsin Assembly.(Photo: Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Wisconsin lawmakers are honoring Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old girl who was held captive for nearly three months by a man who shot and killed her parents before dragging her away.    

Jayme traveled more than 200 miles from her Barron home Wednesday to be recognized for her bravery by leaders of her state government in the Wisconsin State Capitol.

"Your strength, your resolve and your bravery is beyond incredible," Rep. Romaine Quinn, who represents her hometown, told Jayme before Assembly lawmakers. "You are truly an inspiration and a bright light in a time of sadness. 

"No matter how grave your situation, no matter how dark your day becomes and no matter how impossible your circumstances may seem, there is always hope," Quinn said, honoring the girl a week before her captor is scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison for his crimes.