More than 2,000 attend funeral for 5-year-old girl

FAYETTEVILLE — An overflow crowd of more than 2,000 people attended services for a 5-year-old North Carolina girl found dead nearly a week after she was reported missing.

Shaniya Davis’s father on Sunday urged the crowd to help the community’s needy.

Bradley Lockhart said that God has spoken to the gathering through a tragedy.

More than 1,500 people crowded into Manna Church and an additional 500 people watched the service from an adjacent building. Several hundred more waited outside.

White doves were released during a graveside service.

The girl’s mother is charged with trafficking her daughter and child abuse involving prostitution.

A Fayetteville man is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree rape of a child.

source: http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/nov/24/regional-briefs/

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