NORTH MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Rosalind Brown is suffering a loss that no parent should ever know – the death of a child.
Her 8-year-old daughter, Jada Page, died last week after two men opened fire outside her home and killed her.
After the viewing for Jada on Friday, Brown paused to gently caress a photo of Jada attached to the hearse that will carry her tiny body.
“Everything I did was for her and I don’t even know how I go back to living life when she’s not a part of it. It doesn’t make any sense,” Brown told CBS4 News.
It doesn’t make sense to anyone.
Miami-Dade police believe the bullets were meant for Jada’s father, but Jada was struck in the head.
On Friday, hundreds of people arrived at a funeral home to pay their respects to Jada and her family.
Jada’s great-aunt, Lori Hadley Davis, is the funeral director. She’s accustomed to laying people to rest, but not her 8-year-old grandniece.
“I do this every day for a living and when it hits your home it’s just a grief that’s unbearable,” she said. “I cried all night preparing her for this day.”
But despite the grief there were signs of Jada’s spirit, like the hearse covered with the emojis that Jada loved.
“That’s how when I walked in there today what I saw (was) the love of Jada, how much she is loved and how even though she’s not here physically, that love is going to carry on,” said Kimberly Wilson, a family friend.
What else will carry on, family members and friends say, is the hunt for Jada’s killers.
Police believe two men in a Ford Fusion or Ford Focus fired the shots that Sunday in late August.
Her family is demanding justice and they are begging anyone with information on the killers to come forward and speak up.
“I feel like they shouldn’t be able to sleep,” Brown said. “They shouldn’t be able to eat. There’s no way they should be able to function every day and my 8-year-old is laying in a casket.”
The funeral for Jada will be held on Saturday.
The reward for information leading to an arrest in this case is at $25,000. If you know anything, you can remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.