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The family gathered this summer in Arizona, celebrating their parents' 60 years together.

Everyone was there but Carlos and Dee Rap’s musical middle child, Gina Bos, missing now for nearly 15 years.

“My dad’s been kind of teary lately,” said their daughter Jannel Rap. “He said, 'We have to do something for Gina.'”

Rap and her siblings are calling that something Gina’s Celebration of Life, and it will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Roberts Park at 60th and A streets.

Gina’s parents, who retired to Phoenix to be closer to grown children there, will come back to Lincoln. Gina's siblings and children will attend.

The public -- those who knew her, those who looked for her, those who hold her in their hearts -- is invited.

Gina Bos disappeared on Oct. 17, 2000, after playing guitar and singing at an open mic night at Duggan’s Pub, south of downtown.

Her car was still parked outside the next morning, trunk ajar, guitar inside. There have been leads and speculation about the disappearance of the 40-year-old mother of three, but no arrests.

“It will remain an active missing person case until she is located,” said Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood. “Each lead that comes in is investigated, in hope that it is the one that will lead to closure.”

The family hasn’t given up on finding her, either.

“Just because we’re doing a celebration of life doesn't  mean we are going to stop looking or stop trying to find out what happened to her,” said Jannel Rap, a musician in California.

The celebration will include pictures and videos and music.

The seven Rap kids grew up in north Lincoln, sons and daughters of a traveling pastor and his wife.

For entertainment they’d load into the station wagon for a drive. The kids would sing loud, the windows rolled down. Gospel music from church. Popular tunes like “Delta Dawn” and silly songs like “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”

There will be some of that Saturday. “A medley of goofy songs,” said Rap.

And there will be more serious music, too. Jannel Rap has partnered with Bos’ 26-year-old daughter to write a tribute song for her.

They’ve been Skyping each other and calling, collaborating on the lyrics and tune.

They have a working title: “Waiting for Nothing.”

The premise is simple.

“We’re rewriting her story,” her sister said. “You’re not missing. You never were.”

Reach the writer at 402-473-7218 or clangekubick@journalstar.com. On Twitter @TheRealCLK.

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Cindy Lange-Kubick joined the Lincoln Journal Star in 1994 and has loved covering life in her hometown ever since. Will write for chocolate. Or coffee.

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