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Funeral home pays for 6-year-old hit-and-run victim's funeral

NOW: Funeral home pays for 6-year-old hit-and-run victim’s funeral

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- Family and friends of Maliyah Davis, 6, attended her funeral on Saturday.

Davis was killed in a hit and run incident last week.

Cameras were not allowed inside for the service, but Davis’ aunt, Keyaire Carter shared the following message:

“Maliyah is like an angel that is always flying around. No matter how close or far you may be, you will always be in our hearts and in our spirits.”

The funeral took place at New Hope Memorial Church on Ohio St. in South Bend. Her family received support from the entire community.

Palmer Funeral Home supported the family by covering funeral and burial costs, saving the family the burden of those costs.

“When the family came to us they were unsure of what to do,” said Rick Palmisano, director of the Palmer Funeral Home. “So we donated a grave, the opening, closing, the feast so they could have the burial at South Lawn cemetery.”

The funeral home has a policy to cover the costs of funerals and burials for babies. Maliyah was too old for the policy, but Palmisano said the funeral home had to help because this was such a tragedy.

Police are still looking for Reka Phillips, 26, who is not at fault for the accident but did leave the scene.

Palmisano said now is the time for the community to come together.

“They need to remember them in the weeks, days, months, and years to come,” Palmisano said. “This is a loss they’ll be dealing with for the rest of their lives.”



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