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Hundreds at funeral for woman burned alive

2 years 5 months 1 week ago December 13, 2014 Dec 13, 2014 Saturday, December 13 2014 December 13, 2014 3:41 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Greg Renoud

BATESVILLE, Miss. - Hundreds of people attended the funeral of a woman set on fire in Mississippi and left to die by the side of the road.

The Rev. Eric Greggs noted that Jessica Chambers's, 19, classmates wishes at the packed service on Saturday included "Fly high," a reference to the former cheerleader's aerial acrobatics.

Alabama author Linda Oliver said Chambers had recently asked her to help write a book about her life.

The Rev. Larry Kilgore said Chambers talked with him about personal problems, but had a relationship with Christ.

Wells Funeral Home in Batesville, Mississippi, live-streamed the 45-minute service.

Owner Tommy Wells said the home's chapel seats about 400 and was full.

Police are reconstructing the last few hours of Chambers' life and are asking the public to come forward with information. So far, they have few solid leads.

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