NELSON CO., Va. -

It's been a long and very emotional four months for the family of missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy.

Alexis was last seen leaving the Liberty Gas Station in Lovingston this past August. That’s where friends and family gathered Tuesday evening.

The holiday season is in full swing and it's made it hard for everyone to deal with her disappearance, but they're refusing to give up hope.

"Alexis, on this evening we make a declaration to honor your own words. We will keep hope alive because you are somebody,” Alexis’s aunt, Trina Murphy, said.

Strong words coming from a small community in Nelson County as Tuesday marked four months since Alexis Murphy was last seen.

"Please know and believe we will never give up on you,” Trina said.

The family still struggles to hold back tears as they know this holiday season won't shine as bright without Alexis.

"I still don't have my daughter. I still don't have my girl and that's all I want for Christmas is my daughter back,” mother Laura Murphy said.

The teen’s mother says no matter how much time has passed, she can still remember that hot summer day when she got the news about her daughter.

"It just went by so quick and like I said I still have my calendar in my room, I still got it on August. I still go back to that day,” Laura said.

Fast forward a few months to December.

"Knowing that we are missing Alexis and she is missing us makes these precious moments hard to bear,” Trina said.

Pink ribbons and a pink Christmas tree light the front of the Liberty gas station where she was last seen.

A poster now sits along Route 29 - another visible reminder Alexis hasn't been found.

The Murphys know they don't have much of a choice but to wait for an answer that may never come but they feel in their hearts she is still alive.

"I'm not giving up hope at all. I'm keeping my hope and faith. I mean she hasn't been found so I don't know,” Laura said.

So far, Randy Taylor is the only person charged in connection to Murphy's disappearance.

He remains in jail without bond until his trial which is scheduled for February 2014.It's been a long and very emotional four months for the family of missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy.

The missing teen was last seen leaving the Liberty Gas Station in Lovingston this past August. That’s where friends and family gathered Tuesday evening.

The holiday season is in full swing and it's made it hard for everyone to deal with her disappearance, but they're refusing to give up hope.

"Alexis, on this evening we make a declaration to honor your own words. We will keep hope alive because you are somebody,” Alexis’s aunt, Trina Murphy, said.

Strong words coming from a small community in Nelson County as Tuesday marked four months since Alexis Murphy was last seen.

"Please know and believe we will never give up on you,” Trina said.

The family still struggles to hold back tears as they know this holiday season won't shine as bright without Alexis.