GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A 6-year-old Texas boy’s grandmother told funeral mourners that his mother who’s charged in his death didn’t kill him out of malice but something snapped.
As more than 100 mourners gathered at Camden Pierce Hughes’ funeral Saturday, his grandmother LuRae McCrery said she prays her daughter gets help.
Julianne McCrery of Irving is being held without bail on second-degree murder charges in New Hampshire. She’s accused of killing her son there two weeks ago and dumping his body in a wooded area in Maine. Preliminary autopsy findings show he died of asphyxiation.
Pallbearers carried Hughes’s body to the front of Calvary Baptist Church in a small child-sized casket during funeral services.
“My little brother – he was, he was amazing,” said Ian McCrery, Camden’s half brother, who serves in the military. “He was all smiling. He was happy. He loved life.”
LuRae McCrery cautioned against judging her daughter. She says Julianne McCrery was a good mother who helped Camden with homework. In a eulogy, LuRae McCrery described the tragedy as a “double loss.”
“How do we forgive?” She said. “I don’t know.
For Ian McCrery, it seemed more simple to offer his mother his unwavering support.
“I love her and I support her. I’m in her corner, as much as I possibly can be,” he said. “What she did was awful, but she’s still my mother.”
Camden was remembered as a bright boy who loved reading and playing the guitar.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)