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6-year-old murder victim laid to rest

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(09/06/12) - Hundreds of people came to The Coleman Temple in Saginaw Thursday morning to say a final goodbye to Layla Jones.

The 6 year old was shot and killed in a drive by shooting last week. Her father was also wounded.

Four people have been charged in connection with the shootings. However, police are still searching for one of them.

Layla and her father were not the intended targets in that shooting.

One thing her family made clear at that funeral is that "they'll get through this by leaning on each other."

"I thank everybody for coming out showing so much love for my baby," said an emotional Julie Polk, Layla's mother.

Layla Jones was in town from Wisconsin visiting her father when she was killed.

"I told my husband this morning, you and Shawrone hurt, but I hurt, I carried her. I Loved her from the moment I knew she was coming. And I'm going to always love her," said Polk, with tears coming down her face.

Polk Says Layla was her precious little angel. Everyone is celebrating the life she lived through poetry and songs.

"I'm so glad that it wasn't just family and friends out here. It was community, neighbors. Others some that we don't even know but I was so glad to see people come out and support this because it was senseless," said Nick Jones, Layla's uncle.

Layla liked to dance and sing. Her family says there wasn't a day that went by that she didn't tell them how much she loved them.

"I love Layla very much. I'm glad she's in a better place right now and the Lord made me strong," said Shawrone Jones, Layla's father.

Her father who was also shot is recovering, but says he's headed back to the hospital.

He tells ABC12 that he won't rest until police find the fourth suspect connected with his little girl's shooting death.

"I'm going to finish my recovery and I hope they get the last guy so we can close this case," he said.

If you have any information, you should contact Saginaw Police.

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