Shaniya Davis’s funeral will be open to the public, which means that many individuals sadded  and horrified by Shaniya Davis’s death will be able to pay their respects to the 5 year old and her father, Bradley Lockhart.

The Shaniya Davis funeral is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2009 at Manna Church located at 5117 Cliffdale Road in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Although we are about 9 1/2 hours away from the funeral (almost 600 miles), a few Nashville citizens are likely planning to make the trip.

Do you think the funeral should be public, or do you think it should be a private fanily event?  Given the family involvement of her death – her own mother was behind her disappearance after all – I think it is completely appropriate that there will be a public funeral.  Shaniya Davis needs to look down from heaven and know that she was loved very much by the public and general and that no one supported her death.

Mario Andrette McNeil has been charged with the murder of Shaniya Davis.  He was last seen with the young girl on a hotel surveillance camera.  He was carrying her and I have not been able to find a report that indicates whether Shaniya was alive or dead when filmed.

Shaniya’s body was found alongside a North Carolina highway.   Autopsy reports indicate that she was raped and murdered the same day she disapeared.  Her cause of death was asphyxiation.

Shanyia Davis’s funeral will be very, very sad.  The bright side to the story is that the alleged killer has been located and charged and justice will be served.


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