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Cherish's father thanks Jacksonville for support

Cherish's mother, Rayne, and her two daughters and her fiance are with mourners at Highlands Baptist Church tonight. (Amanda Warford)
Cherish's mother, Rayne, and her two daughters and her fiance are with mourners at Highlands Baptist Church tonight. (Amanda Warford)
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Updated: 6/26/2013 1:17 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The father of murder victim Cherish Perrywinkle is thanking the Jacksonville community for all of its support.

Billy James Jarreau released this statement through his attorney, Gerald Wilkerson:

"No words can describe how I feel right now. At this time, nothing makes sense. I am in shock and disbelief that my precious Cherish is gone. I would like to say thank you to those who have sent thoughts and prayers my way over the last couple of days. The support from those I don't even know here in Jacksonville has been overwhelming - thank you. Over the next couple of days, we will honor Cherish with a memorial service and a funeral. I ask that everyone please take a moment to remember and honor my little girl during this time. My wife and I are here paying tribute to Cherish so we ask that the media please respect my family's privacy during this difficult journey. "

Cherish will be buried Friday at 2 p.m. at Paxon Revival Center Church, at 5461 Commonwealth Ave. She will be buried at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery at 7242 Normandy Blvd.

There will be a viewing on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the same church.

Donald J. Smith is charged with Cherish's kidnapping and murder.

Police say he lured her from a Walmart on Lem Turner Road last Friday night, killed her, and dumped her body behind a church on Broward Road.

Smith was arrested Saturday morning.
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