Viewing And Funeral Planned For Somer Thompson

Vigils and fundraisers give way to more somber observances this week for 7-year-old Somer Thompson.

Investigators had more than a thousand tips but are still trying to figure out what happened when the child disappeared on her walk home from a north Florida school last week. Her body was found in a Georgia landfill Wednesday.

A public viewing is planned Monday and funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday. Graveside services and the burial will be private.

At a fundraiser Sunday for Somer's family, children played in a bounce house as adults watched carefully. They vowed to find the girl's killer and raised about $18,500 so her mother doesn't have to go back to work immediately.


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  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Oct 27, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    You can watch your child all the time. I have an over-protected son. I have watched everyone who comes in contact with him except at school. He has missed out on a lot of "rites of passage" but hopefully because of this, he will live to be a very old man. I have lost a child and let me say, there is no worse hurt than to bury your own child. It was over 19 years ago and I mourn him every day and he was only one-month old and never came home from the hospital. Can you imagine the memories this girl's family has of her, birthday parties, first giggle, first steps, blowing kisses and picking flowers. What a tragedy this is. It makes me sad and my heart physically ache that so many sweet, precious children of God are taken so young. I wish there were more to say. Even though a heart is broken, it goes right on beating. You can move on after this, but you will never move past it.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville NC on Oct 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    The reason they were walkin home was bcuz there was no bus route for where they lived...Anyway prayers go out to the fam....
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    This gives me the chills!!!!!! A child that young walking alone from school? Geesh, hasn't people learned yet that is Terrible idea??? Its sad to say but its a fact, you must watch your children 24/7. Don't say It can't be done. When they are young, it can be done!
  • by preshious Location: williamston on Oct 26, 2009 at 06:19 AM
    ahhhhhhhhhhhhh she is so precious who would even think of killing a cute little innocent little girl like that because that is just soo wrong i hope that the police found whoever did this and sentence them to have a short life just like they gave that little girl a short life cause she had a long time to go before she goes to heaven and now you need to send the person who did this straight to the devil himself.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    Something is going terribly wrong with our world for so many children to be abducted and killed. If we as a country don't make some major changes, people will start taking the law in their own hands. Maybe it is time for us to adopt policies as they have in other countries; an eye for an eye. My prayers go out to this family and the many who go thru this.
  • by Somebody Location: NC on Oct 26, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    My prayers are with the family of lost
  • by kelly Location: wilson on Oct 26, 2009 at 04:39 AM
    if that was my child, the person that did this to my baby would not even make a court appearance, it would be me up there on the stand for murder. hopefully they will find this sick person and go straight to the death chair. i feel so sorry for the family for losing such a precious child, my prayers are with you.
  • by me Location: nc on Oct 26, 2009 at 04:27 AM
    This breaks my heart. I hate to hear about stuff like this. To the sicko that did this, I pray you are caught soon. And when you are caught, someone does this to you. You don't deserve to breath!! You should just go ahead and turn yourself in!
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