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Hundreds Pay Final Respects to 12-Year-Old Adriaunna Horton

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. -- Family and friends have said their final goodbyes to a 12-year-old girl recently killed in Golden City. Adriaunna Horton's funeral was Wednesday inside the Golden City High School gym.
It's important for us to let them know that even though we may be strangers, we still care.
GOLDEN CITY, Mo. -- Family and friends have said their final goodbyes to a 12-year-old girl recently killed in Golden City.

Adriaunna Horton's funeral was Wednesday inside the Golden City High School gym.

A lot of tears were shed and it was a very tough day for the tight knit community. Investigators say a man kidnapped and killed the little girl last week.

Driving into town, signs were posted on store's doors and windows saying they were closed for Horton's funeral as nearly the whole town attended to say their goodbyes.

"She was awesome," said her Great Aunt Debbie Cooper. "Always had a smile and always had a laugh. She always wanted to say hello to everybody. She didn't know a stranger."

That's how family and friends will always remember Adriaunna.

"This is a tragedy," says Jeff Goddard, with Covenant Motorcycle Ministry. "A senseless, ugly tragedy that touches home for the three of us. We all have daughters that same age."

In a town of nearly 800 people, roughly 700 packed inside the Golden City School Gym to say their goodbyes and remember Adriaunna.

"It's a little town," says Cousin Robert Horton. "It shouldn't happen. It shouldn't happen at all."

Adriaunna's family and close friends wore pink to honor their loved one's memory.

The sun was shining as her casket was escorted on a horse drawn carriage to the cemetery where she was laid to rest.

"This hits close to home," says Goddard. "And it was horrible. We needed to be here and we are here."

The Covenant Motorcycle Ministry traveled many miles in support of Adriaunna and the Horton family.

"We will be here as long as they need us here," Goddard says. "We will come back as much as we need to to show them we love them and we are here to support them."

A gesture to show that the Horton family is not alone.

"It means everything to them," says Horton. "They are overwhelmed. They didn't realize the efforts being put out with national organizations to come and honor Adriaunna."

A little girl whose life was taken much too soon.

"It's important for us to let them know that even though we may be strangers, we still care," says Goddard. "We still love them. We are going to pray for them and they are not alone in this outside of immediate family and friends they're familiar with."

Adriaunna was taken from Hazel's Park last week where there is now a memorial for her with flowers, crosses and teddy bears.

The man charged with Adriaunna's murder, 34-year-old Bobby Bourne, has not yet made a plea in this case. His next court date is scheduled for September 9 at 1 p.m.

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