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Community remembers murdered South Bend 6-year-old at vigil

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Almost two weeks after police say she was murdered, the community is still mourning the loss of six-year-old Shirley Mundia.

According to police, Shirley's life was taken by her own father on June 2nd. Still 11 days after her murder, dozens of people at a vigil found themselves grieving the death of a child the majority of them had never met.

"How could a father do this? Parents are supposed to take care of their children, not kill them," said Rev. Tina Velthuzien.

Among those praying for the young girl was South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. He says this murder has brought the community together against senseless violence.

"When something awful like this happens we feel like it's happened to all of us," said Mayor Buttigieg. "Everybody wants to respond, everybody wants to embrace the family in their thoughts and prayers. That's what you see."

Shirley's death is still hitting home especially hard for the South Bend Police Department. Officers say they had to shoot her father at the scene in order to prevent him from continuing to stab his daughter.

"It's absolutely traumatic. It maybe one of the worst responses, calls to service that some of us may face in our career," said Chief Ronald Teachman, SBPD. "We hope that they never have to respond to a call like this again."

The vigil was fairly short, but its message was strong. The Michiana community is there for a family who will never get to see the smile of Six-Year-Old Shirley again.

"I think in a situation like this, there's been god knows how many prayers sent out for the family and Shirley," said vigil organized Michael Elliott. "Hopefully that will help the healing process."

This was the second vigil for the young girl. Just over a week ago, friends, family, and members of the community gathered to remember Shirley near her family's South Bend apartment.

Her funeral will take place this coming Saturday, June 15. The viewing of Shirley's body will be on 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Alford Mortuary at 1222 Napier Street in South Bend. A memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m. at Pentecostal Cathedral Church of God in Christ, 1025 Western Ave., South Bend.

The family is still in need of financial support to lay Shirley to rest. You can donate at www.shirleymundia.com.

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