Emily Stauffer was killed in an attack in the Alberta town of Edson. ((Courtesy Stauffer family))

Residents in Edson, Alta, are offering a $22,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Emily Stauffer's killer.

The 14-year-old girl was killed at approximately 4:45 p.m. MT on Sept. 27 as she walked along a wooded path on the edge of town.

The killing shocked residents in the small town of about 8,000 people. Local schools were locked down, hockey practices were cancelled and many parents chose to keep their children inside.

Now, those residents are rallying to find Stauffer's killer and return their lives to normal.

A local real estate agent, along with the RCMP and Crime Stoppers, is raising cash through a series of local barbecues. The money will be used as a reward for information that leads to the girl's killer.

Carly Lapointe said she's hopeful the reward could give someone with important information the incentive to come forward.

She said the initiative, which she calls Take Back the Town, is also helping her community in other ways.

"You know, people were saying this is such a good healing thing," she said. "I know for myself I don't feel like I'm in that slump. You know, we've still lost Emily and that's tragic. But we're going to do something about it. You know, we're not just going to mourn the loss of this wonderful person and not do anything."

The Take Back the Town initiative has a Facebook page where donations can be made.

Edson is approximately 200 kilometres west of Edmonton.