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Community gives outpouring support while remembering 11-year-old girl

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There was an outpouring of support Saturday in Blytheville, Arkansas, where an 11-year-old girl was laid to rest. There was an outpouring of support Saturday in Blytheville, Arkansas, where an 11-year-old girl was laid to rest.
Bells chimed in the Cobb Funeral Home Saturday, as the community said goodbye to Jessica Williams. Bells chimed in the Cobb Funeral Home Saturday, as the community said goodbye to Jessica Williams.

(WMC-TV) - There was an outpouring of support Saturday in Blytheville, Arkansas, where an 11-year-old girl was laid to rest.

Bells chimed in the Cobb Funeral Home Saturday, as the community said goodbye to Jessica Williams.

"I have a seven-year-old. They used to play together," said family friend Gina Green.

Green is in anguish remembering Williams who was reportedly murdered by a 17-year-old neighbor.

"This is senseless. She was a beautiful, happy little girl," said Green. "I used to ... Go blocks and blocks and blocks away without a care in the world."

She says purple was Jessica's favorite color. Many people who attended the funeral wore that color.

Green is holding her own daughter a little tighter these days.

"You never know when they walk out that door if they're ever coming back," said Green.

She said the one light in the situation is the community is giving outpouring support.

"I used to dread living in this place, but it's opened a new light to show that there are good people out there still in the wake of tragedy like this," she said.

The community is holding a vigil Tuesday for Williams at Gosnell Elementary School at 6 p.m., which is the time she went missing.

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