Hundreds gathered in a Houston Church Saturday to mourn 4-year-old Maleah Davis, whose remains were found on the side of a highway in late May after she vanished weeks earlier.
Flowers, teddy bears and privates messages were collected before the service, according to ABC 13. Craig Davis, Maleah's father, said guests wore pink bracelets with his daughter's name. Her mother, Brittany Bowens, released a single white dove at the burial ceremony, where she was laid to rest in a "My Little Pony" casket.
A eulogy message was displayed the church in honor of Maleah. Titled "Remember Me With Love," the letter was written in her voice.
"I enjoyed my life and I want to thank everyone who made me laugh, smile and love on you. ...
"At only four years old, I enjoyed school. I loved all my friends at Attitude, Respect and Manners Daycare. I would eagerly make new friends so that we could sing and laugh together everyday. ...
"I will always hug and sing with all my cousins and friends, I love you."
Maleah was last seen alive April 30 entering the apartment complex she lived in with her mother and mother’s fiance at the time, Derion Vence.
Days later, Vence claimed to have been attacked by three men who abducted Maleah, but investigators said his story did not add up. Vence was arrested and charged in connection to her disappearance, though he denies killing her.
About a month after she vanished, Maleah’s remains were found in a black garbage bag near a freeway outside of the town of Hope, Arkansas, on May 31.
Her cause and manner of death have not yet been determined.
“She touched the lives of many; our shining, beautiful little girl, the light of our lives and the star of our hearts who leaves us smiling through our tears,” Maleah’s obituary read. “She was happiness personified.”