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Memorial held to honor slain girl

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The Michiana area is still reeling in disbelief over the brutal murder of six-year-old Shirley Mundia at the hands of her father two weeks ago. Saturday afternoon a memorial was held in her honor at the Pentecostal Cathedral Church of God in Christ in South Bend.

Singing, dancing, and music filled the Memorial Service as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the life of Shirley Mundia. Students from Shirley's school, the Veritas Academy, even sang a song to honor their classmate.

For the service sorrow was replaced by song. Family members said that's how Shirley, who was known as "Bobo", would have wanted it.

Her uncle, Anthony Mburu said it best, "What you saw here was her.  That's what she used to do that's what she loved most.  Dancing, singing."

Sadness punctuated the service, unavoidable given that Shirley lost her life so young.

The pastor of the church said, "We mourn, we cry, much because of the manner in which she met her death."

Reflection on her death was only a small part of the memorial. The majority was a celebration and a reflection of who Shirley was.

A Veritas Academy Board member described Shirley by saying, "She walked in our doors with a beautiful smile and bright sparkly eyes."

Other attendees said, "She was loving, she was kind, she was embracing, cheerful caring little 6 year old girl."

Even after the service, the praise and love for Shirley could not be silenced.  Shirley's uncle and kindergarten teacher gushed about what a great girl she was.

"She was smiling.  She was happy," said uncle, Anthony Mburu.

Mindy Christy, Shirley's kindergarten teacher echoed Mburu's praise.

"If someone was upset Shirley knew it and she was gonna comfort them.  She was just an amazing little girl."

Mundia was a little girl who will be missed by many, but will never be forgotten.

The celebration ended when children released balloons into the sky, sending them up to Shirley.

Shirley's body will be transported to Kenya, where she'll be buried. If you'd like to help with the cost, we have a link on our website, click here.
 

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