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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil on the campus of Michigan State University following the death of an 8-year-old girl with cancer who befriended Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne and was a source of inspiration.

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo told the crowd on Wednesday night in East Lansing that Lacey Holsworth "sure was powerful."

Payne was among several players at the vigil.

Some at the vigil painted The Rock, an unofficial campus message board near the Red Cedar River, as a tribute to Lacey.

Matt Holsworth says his daughter died at their St. Johns home late Tuesday. The little girl affectionately known as "Princess Lacey," had neuroblastoma, a nerve-cell cancer. She wore a blond wig because chemotherapy took her hair.

A memorial service is planned next week on April 17th in the Breslin Center, the Spartan's home arena.

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