PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) – Hundreds of people filled Friendship Baptist Church in Pensacola Friday afternoon to say farewell to Naomi Jones.
Family and friends described her as charismatic and full of energy. Several people wore pink and white in honor of the 12-year-old who loved the fictional character “Hello Kitty”.
“Naomi was a wonderful young girl who has really impacted this community,” said County Commissioner Lumon May. “So many people that I know knew her, and I just thought today was important to be here to show support to this family.
Several different community groups also came to the funeral to show their support for the family, including a local American Legion Riders Post.
“This just let people know that we need to get out there and support each other in doing things like this to search for these kids or adults that’s missing,” said Arlene Williams, the secretary of the local post.
Jones was found dead in Eight Mile Creek in Pensacola after she was missing for five days.
The man accused of killing her, Robert Howard, is in jail facing 1st-degree murder, kidnapping, and failure to register as a sex offender charges.