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Hundreds gather to mourn slain Georgia girl
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CANTON, Ga. (AP) — Hundreds gathered for a public service to mourn a slain Georgia girl.

The gathering for Jorelys Rivera at First Baptist Church in Canton Saturday followed a private family service at a local funeral home. WSB-TV reports ( the church was packed for a service that ended with the release of doves.

The Rivera family plans to bury the Jorelys' body in Puerto Rico.

Saturday's services followed a Friday night vigil that drew several hundred people to a local park to light candles in memory of the 7-year-old.

She was last seen Dec. 2 outside her apartment complex. She was stabbed and beaten to death, and her body was found Monday.

A 20-year-old maintenance worker at the apartment complex, Ryan Brunn, is being held without bond on a murder charge.