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Ahlittia North to be buried Monday

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Harvey -- A six-year-old girl killed last week in Harvey will be laid to rest Monday morning. Ahlittia North's murder shocked many in the community and now, her friends and family prepare to say goodbye.

Outside the apartment complex where Ahlittia North's body was discovered, a memorial made up of teddy bears and baby dolls, continues to grow. "I have kids and I couldn't go on and not bring something over here for her, her family and everything," said Capri Grant.

Last weekend, authorities desperately searched for the little girl, after she was reported missing from her parent's home Saturday morning. Then, her body was discovered in a trash can early Tuesday…she'd been stabbed to death. By Tuesday night, deputies arrested the main suspect, 20-year-old Matthew Flugence and charged him with first degree murder. Many Harvey residents say they followed the case from the beginning, every step of the way. "Every day we would watch the news and just hope and pray that she was just walking or that an aunt or uncle had picked her up and she would return home safe," said Dawn Czop.

Ahlittia's grandmother also never expected this outcome. Chermise Henderson says this tragedy has been more than she can bear. "I thought she was going to come back, you really just hope and pray, and you think, you just try and stay strong. How could anybody do something so awful to a child, how could you harm a child that's innocent?" Henderson asked.

As Henderson and the rest of Ahlittia's family prepare for her funeral, Harvey residents say they're still struggling to understand the senseless crime. Czop says, "It's very upsetting if you have children and it breaks your heart to see that something like this could happen right under your nose to your own child. It's very upsetting."

But they have a message for the family, one they want them to remember for a long time. Lionel Brumfield says, "Just want to tell them to be strong, keep your head up and I'm gonna pray for them, they're going to be in my prayers."

Funeral Services for Ahlittia North will begin Monday at 9:00 a.m. in Gonzales. The funeral itself will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Christian Assembly Church. North will be buried in Donaldsonville. A fund set up at Capital One bank is helping to pay for the funeral expenses.

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