Remembering 6-year-old murder victim Ahlittia North
POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 7:04pm
GONZALES,LA (NBC33) — The hundreds of family and friends who came to say goodbye to Ahlittia North said the 6-year-old girl will never be forgotten.
"She was very joyous a joyous child. Fun child respectable child. Would always come hug me tell me she loved me," James Elphage, North's Uncle, said.
Her family said they are still in shock, but they're doing what they can to celebrate Ahlittia's life. So, they can make peace with her death.
An empty cheerleading uniform, pink flowers, and dozens of pictures were on display Christian Assembly Church in Gonzales Monday morning. The goal to honor a little girl known for her glowing smile.
Ahlitta was six years old. She loved school, riding bikes, and her family.
"I just want to tell her that her uncle love her. I never thought that would be my last time seeing her," Elphage said.
""I used to tell her, I'd say Ahlittia I love you," Ada Smith, North's family friend, explained. "She'd say Auntie Ada I love you too. She just was a fun baby a fun child. "
She just graduated kindergarten at Donaldsonville Primary School this year.
"She's very positive little girl. She was always in such a good mood. Biggest smile everyday she was a great helper," Whitney Byrne, North's former teacher, said.
North's life was cut short. She went missing from her mother's home in Harvey more than a week ago. Then on July 16th Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputies discovered North's body in a trash can near her home. She had been stabbed to death. Deputies arrested Matthew Flugence in connection to the case. Deputies said he confessed and was charged with First Degree Murder. Flugence is the nephew of the girl's stepfather, and he often baby-sat for her.
"I am thankful she did not have to suffer long. I pray that she was not scared. Whatever she went through here Earth she doesn't remember it anymore," Mary McMahan, North's former principle, stated.
The friends and family North left behind said they find comfort in their faith. Faith little Ahlittia is home.
"We are going to see you again. I don't know a lot of things, but I know that," McMahan exclaimed.
"I just want to let everybody know keep on your children watch them. Just tell them how much you love them. You never know when the last time going to come," Elphage stated.