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3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez laid to rest Saturday

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Funeral for 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez. Funeral for 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez.
The community gathers at the balloon, dove release on Friday. The community gathers at the balloon, dove release on Friday.
Dove release Friday in Senath. Dove release Friday in Senath.
Friday's memorial. Friday's memorial.
A community mourns the loss of Breeann Rodriguez. A community mourns the loss of Breeann Rodriguez.
SENATH, MO (KFVS) -

More than 500 people in the Senath community came together Saturday to mourn the loss of a 3-year-old girl.

A visitation for Breeann was Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Senath and funeral services followed at 4.

"It was important for us to be here to support the family," said Kim Castro of Senath.

To date, more than $20,000 has been raised in a fund put together by the community for the family for funeral and other expenses. Donations can be made at Senath State Banks.

Earlier this week, Breeann's mother and family indicated the family wanted to welcome the public to the service so that Breeann would know all the hearts she touched.

Tuesday, police found the remains of Breeann Rodriguez, just miles from her home. Friday her family and friends held a prayer vigil, looking for closure.

Hundreds of people from Senath and surrounding communities gathered Friday to release pink and white balloons in honor of the little girl.

The family released four doves, one to represent Breeann's spirit, and three to represent angels, all a symbol of peace.

People in Senath say they wanted Thursday's prayer service to be a step forward in finding closure for the loss of Breeann.

"It's very important for everybody to come together and for the closure of this thing is real important from the beginning and were together all the way through it, and it's real important for the closure," said Senath Mayor Joe Lane.

"We'll probably be forever scarred by the loss of this young life, but we know where she is, and it gives us peace in knowing where she is," said Senath firefighter Chuck Clark.

"The whole thing has been devastating and heartbreaking for everyone in this town and today it's just closure," said Lane.

"This is closure not only for the family, us firefighters and police personnel who worked this so diligently and so hard, but as a community we can finally begin to bring some closure to this," said Clark.

"I have a granddaughter that will be three next month, and it made me realize what kind of pain they're going through," said Janice Braneum, an attendee of the prayer vigil.

Again, a fund has been set up for the Rodriguez family.  Donations to "The Rodriguez Family Fund" can be made to any Senath State Bank location in Senath, Arbyrd, and Kennett.

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