TYLER (CBSDFW.COM) – People from throughout Tyler filled a church Wednesday, learning about a loving, adorable little girl, described by her brother, “every night she waited until I came home from work or school so I could kiss her goodnight.”
Kayla Gomez-Orozco, the 10-year-old who was murdered allegedly by her cousin, Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, 24, was laid to rest Wednesday.
Family members say they are at a loss. “We prayed all night for her, and I told my daughter, she’s four, and she started praying as well,” says Alexia Orozco who is a cousin.
The 700 people who attended the funeral couldn’t erase the pain felt by the little girl’s family, but the town wrapped its arms around a family devastated by a disappearance that turned into murder.
“She was just the most precious child, was such a friend to everyone. The nicest little girl, just something special about her. I know so many say that and it’s true, she was so special,” remembers Tyler resident Lynne Lamont.
Investigators attended the funeral also, but this was all about giving the community a chance to mourn Kayla’s death together.
Zavala-Garcia remains in the Smith County Jail on a $10 million bond.
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