MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) — A little girl gunned down outside her father’s home on a quiet Sunday afternoon was laid to rest Saturday.
It ended days of services, vigils and gatherings honoring 8-year-old Jada Page. Police escorted her family to her funeral in a white hearse covered in her favorite emojis.
Thousands filled the standing-room-only service, wiping away tears as the murdered little girl’s grieving mother struggled for words.
“I’m not sure where I’m gonna go from here or how I’m supposed to feel,” said a tearful Rosalind Brown. “How I’m supposed to function. Eight years was way too short. I’m gonna miss you telling me all about what happened in school today.”
Jada was shot and killed two weeks ago outside her father’s home on N.W. 101st Street and 25th Avenue in Miami-Dade.
Gunfire hit both of them during the drive-by shooting. Police believe her father was the intended target and the killer is still out there somewhere.
“You all, the caskets are too small,” Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert told the packed church.
He delivered a quick but strong message about the community having the responsibility to say something if they see or know something, with too many children dying because of gun violence.
“This can’t be our new normal,” he said. “If someone’s going to do this, it’s us against them. And if they’re going to do this, or be next to the person that does this, or know who did this and didn’t do anything, then they did it.”
Loved ones gathered at a nearby cemetery to lay Jada in her final resting place before gathering for dinner, stories and comfort.
But the tears and the pain are far from over, most certainly for the young heartbroken mother.
“Mommy is so, so, so sorry for all the nights I was too tired or too sleepy,” cried Brown. “But I just want you to know, without a doubt, everything, and I mean everything I did was for you. So I guess this is goodbye. This is goodbye. Or better yet, see you later.”
Jada’s 32-year-old father, James Page, survived his gunshot wounds.
Miami-Dade Police have raised the usual $3,000 reward for the right information to $25,000. They urge anyone with information about the killer, or killers, to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.