JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Days after little Cherish Perrywinkle was killed, Jacksonville has continued to wrap its arms around her struggling family.
“When you see a precious innocent little girl slaughtered, murdered, her life taken away so innocently, our community becomes outraged like they should be,” says Ann Dugger , with the Justice Coalition.
Even after 18 years of helping families through loss, Ann Dugger, with the Justice Coalition can’t help but tear up. She says she’s accepted countless donations to help Rayne Perrywinkle and her remaining children.
“We’ve taken calls all morning and people are offering anything,” she said.
Local businesses are helping. Hardage Giddens Funeral Home is paying for the plot for her funeral resting place with help from Roger Delany.
“The headstone has been taken care of today and that’s great news," she said.
Cherish’s best friend’s parents have even donated a car. Bruce Conway says it may sound like a lot but he wishes he could do more to help heal Cherish’s family.
“My daughter is upset and so are all my other children," he said.
Cherish’s family tells Action News they are grateful for every donation small or large.
Her father said, "No words can describe how I feel right now. The support from those I don't even know in Jacksonville has been overwhelming."