Posted: Jul 12, 2014 5:14 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Jul 13, 2014 11:38 AM
ST. JAMES - A church packed full of grieving friends and family mourned the loss of 12-year-old Talaija Dorsey.
"It's heartbreaking that we have to do this. I wish that we didn't have to," said Keantrya Franklin.
Funeral services were held at Mount Cavalry Baptist Church Saturday. More than 200 people attended the service to celebrate the girl's life that was cut short.
"She's just a baby, and for her to be taking away from us like this it's just not right," said Franklin.
Dorsey went missing on July 1 sparking a parish-wide search. St. James Sheriff Willy Martin found the girl's body six days later on the edge of a sugar cane field in Vacherie.
John Celestine, Dorsey's mother's fiancé, was charged with murder during the investigation, but Talaija's family still has unanswered questions.
"He raised this child, so why would you do this? What was going through his mind? What could have pushed him to this limit for him to take her away?" said Franklin.
Loved ones said they will miss Talaija's smile the most. They hope to cope with the loss with each song and prayer.