A year ago they lost a friend, a daughter, a mother.
On Friday, August 26 – a year to the day since Jody Meyers was last seen alive – two dozen people gathered at the tree planted in her memory to remember her.
Flowers surrounded the tree at Mannum's Gass Reserve, and a gold number-one balloon bobbed in the twilight as candles illuminated the faces of those present.
No words could have sufficed, so instead they sang:
"When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long, and you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong,
"Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows lies the seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose."
Children tugged at balloons, warmed their hands on the candles and blew them out one by one.
One little figure lingered by the tree longer than the others.
The trial of the man accused of killing Ms Meyers, her partner Neil Archer, is due to return to the Adelaide Magistrates Court shortly.