Three-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney has been laid to rest.
The tragic toddler was escorted Sunday to her final resting place in a white, horse-drawn carriage.
More than 1,000 mourners filled New Beginnings Christian Ministry in east Birmingham to say their final goodbyes to Kamille.
There, Pastor Sylvester Wilson described the little girl as “an angel sent from Heaven to do God’s work.”
“She was an angel sent from Heaven,’’ Wilson said. “God came back just to get his angel because one little girl that lived to be 3-years-old brought this whole city, this whole country together. Don’t let her death be in vain.”
The Celebration of Life began at 1 p.m. at New Beginnings Christian Ministry in east Birmingham. More than 800 people packed the church’s sanctuary, with 400-plus more in an overflow room.
“What we see here is pure evil,” the pastor said of Kamille’s tragic murder. “This is not the Lord’s doing.”
“I’m struggling now because I realize I’m a man of God, I’m the pastor of this church and that ain’t going to change. But I don’t know how I would feel if that had happened to one of mine. I told my wife I’m afraid I wouldn’t be the pastor of this church, but I might be an inmate pastor.”
The three-year-old died from asphyxiation by suffocation the same day she was kidnapped from a birthday party in Birmingham, Alabama, according to reports from AL.com.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Clyde Jones read the suspects’ capital murder warrants during a court hearing on Friday.
McKinney’s remains were found in a landfill over a week after she went missing, Alabama police say.
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith announced the tragic news at a conference Tuesday night.
39-year-old Patrick Devone Stallworth and his 29-year-old girlfriend, Derick Irisha Brown will be charged in connection with her murder.