SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A flag-waving crowd gathered outside the funeral of a 10-year-old Springfield girl who was abducted and killed last week, chanting her name and wearing her favorite colors of pink and purple.
The funeral for Hailey Owens was scheduled to begin 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. The fourth-grader was killed Feb. 18 after being abducted in her neighborhood.
Forty-five-year-old Craig Michael Wood is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action in her death. The middle-school football coach is being held without bond in Greene County Jail.
About 100 people formed a human wall outside the church’s entrance. Funeral organizers said they hope the service will celebrate Hailey’s life.