PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — No headstone marks the spot where Dericka Lindsay is buried, but a woman in Pensacola is fighting to change that.
Lindsay died in October after authorities say her 320-pound cousin, Veronica Posey, sat on her as a form of punishment.
A GoFundMe page is now trying to raise money to purchase a headstone for Lindsay’s grave.
Christine Bellas launched the effort. News 5 met Bellas last week at a ceremony she organized in Lindsay’s honor.
Bellas and others brought flowers and paid their respects, something they say no one did after Lindsay died.
“She deserves this. And for people to put her in the ground like she didn’t matter. And they didn’t want people to know about it,” Bellas told us at the ceremony.
Bellas said her daughter was good friends with Lindsay. On the GoFundMe page, Bellas describes Lindsay as a “super affectionate child who just lit up a room when she entered.”
The page goes on to say:
If you were lucky enough to know Dericka Lindsay you knew she never met a stranger and loved big. If you did not know Dericka, just now that she would have touched your heart in a big way. If you can, please help us raise money for this sweet girl’s headstone so that when her friends, loved ones, and most of all, her little sister visit her, Dericka has more than a small stick to mark her grave. If you are in a position to contribute any amount, it is greatly appreciated. No amount is too small. If you cannot contribute monetarily please keep her sister in your prayers. This, of course, is very hard for her.
The page says if any money is left after purchasing a headstone, it would be placed in a trust for Lindsay’s little sister when she turns 18.
Veronica Posey is charged with murder in connection with Lindsay’s death. The girl’s adoptive parents, James and Grace Smith, are charged with aggravated manslaughter. Prosecutors say the parents were aware of the alleged abuse and didn’t do anything.
You can view the GoFundMe page here.