Family, friends say goodbye at viewing for Jade Morris

Spencer Lubitz

Family, friends say goodbye at viewing for Jade Morris

CREATED Jan. 4, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- For the first time family, friends and the community got a chance to say goodbye to Jade Morris, the 10-year old girl who was found stabbed to death in a dirt lot.

The viewing was a site Te'juana Reeves never prepared to see, her 10-year old daughter in a casket.

"My baby should not be in that box. No 10 -year old should be in a box, she's supposed to be here with me," Reeves said.

Throughout the afternoon people stopped by the Palm Mortuary to see Jade's face for the first time since she disappeared two weeks ago. Many of them wore red, her favorite color.

Reeves says its support from people like this that gives her the strength to wake up and face each day.

"They’re helping me stand up," said Reeves. "Because I don't think if I didn't have all the support, I'd be standing."

Inside the viewing, Jade wore her favorite red sweater, as her favorite song, Alicia Keys, “This Girl Is On Fire,” played throughout the ceremony.

Jade's funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Bread of Life Ministries at 2721 Coran Lane, near Lake Mead and Simmons. It will be open to the public.

Since Jade's death, many local businesses have held fundraising events for the family.

This weekend, there's another one. Grannz's Beauty Center in North Las Vegas will be raising funds for the family on Sunday, Jan. 6.

They're donating $20 of each $99 weave service to the family and will be accepting donations as well.