By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The family and friends of 7-year-old Jessica Newell said tearful goodbyes to her Friday.
"Baby, I love you," her mother cried, kissing the small, white coffin at the graveside.
Loud sobs wracked the gathering around the grave side as Deborah Newell said her farewell.
"Mommy will always love you. Jesus will take care of you now," she said.
More than 300 people attended the funeral service for the Baker Heights, W.Va., girl, who was last seen alive on Sept. 18 at the Pikeside Bowl. She was killed by blunt force trauma to the head.
Her body was found in a remote area of North Mountain on Sept. 20.
Jessica's uncle, Michael A. Newell, was charged Monday with kidnapping and murder in her death.
The funeral procession drove past the Eastern Regional Jail, where Michael Newell was being held, on the way to Pleasant View Memory Gardens where she was buried.