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Funeral Held for Murder Victim

When Jessica Williams, 11, was first reported missing by her father Wednesday (8/28) the entire surrounding community gathered to look for her. Saturday they gathered again but with much heavier hearts.
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR - When Jessica Williams, 11, was first reported missing by her father Wednesday (8/28) the entire surrounding community gathered to look for her.

Saturday they gathered again but with much heavier hearts.

Silence consumed Mississippi County all day.

"People are stunned," said family member, Gina Green. "They're numb. They're heartbroken."

A town sulked under the weight of a range of emotions.

"Confused. Emotional chaos," Green said.

It's all sparked by the death of the little girl they're laying to rest.

For family like Green the feeling that hurts most with the murder of Jessica is anger fueled by the crime law enforcement says Christopher Sowell, 17, admitted to.

"It didn't have to happen," Gina cried. "It didn't have to happen."

Tears shed over the loss of Jessica who Mississippi County law enforcement says Sowell admitted to strangling then pushing over a bridge into water and leaving to die.

As the impassioned fire burns ignited by Jessica's death her family hopes the accused murderer feels the same heat as time and the same silence passes in jail.

Jessica was laid to rest in the Blytheville Memorial Cemetery.

Family says the community outpouring of support has been tremendous not only emotionally but financially as well.

A fund has been set up in Jessica's name at any Farmers Bank and/or Southern Bank Corp. location.
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