Simone Cameron, an organizer of the advocacy efforts who grew up in Biloela, said she has been surprised by the outpouring of support from her hometown.
“It’s a very politically conservative town; that’s not debatable,” she told The Washington Post. “Growing up, I had never ever been to a protest or to a vigil about anything political.”
“Even now, I think people are not thinking about it as global issues or politics,” she continued. “It’s a story about a family and a town that wants them back.”