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August 28, 2013

UPDATED: Community, church recall Adriaunna Horton during service

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. — UPDATED, 2:18 p.m.: The Golden City First Christian Church Children's Choir - of which Adriaunna Horton had been a member - began the funeral for the murdered 12-year-old Golden City girl this afternoon with three upbeat, uplifting songs.

Brother David Powell, pastor of the church, delivered the sermon at Horton's funeral. He said the days following the disappearance and death of Horton last week were "full of pain," but the town was united around her family.

"It's hard to make sense of what happened because it is hard to understand evil," Powell said, "but Adriaunna is not the victim, she is a victor."

The gymnasium at Golden City High School, where the funeral was held, was filled to capacity this afternoon. Flowers, pink-and-white balloons and handmade posters decorated an area near the casket. One of the posters read, "Angel at Rest."

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Services are underway for Adriaunna Horton, 12, the Golden City girl who was murdered last week.

Funeral services are being held at the Golden City School Gymnasium, and the gym is filled to capacity with community members of all ages.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers, other public safety workers and volunteers were involved in the search for the missing girl, which started about 5:30 p.m. last Monday and ended at mid-day Wednesday with the discovery of the child's body.

Bobby Bourne Jr., 34, is accused of kidnapping, raping and strangling Golden City girl. On Monday, he waived formal reading of the charges against him during a hearing in Lamar.

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