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Cherish's young peers remember her at her funeral

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Updated: 6/28/2013 6:13 pm
JACKSONVILLE Fla. -- Wearing her best friend's face over her heart, Jolee Conway remembers Cherish, and is doing everything to stay strong the best way a 7-year old can.

"I didn't cry this morning," she said. "I was thinking about me and Cherish if she was still alive."

Many of the children struggling to understand that they'll never see Cherish again. Jolee says she prayed at Cherish's coffin.

"I said to her that I really miss you Cherish, I really miss you so much and I'll never forget you," she said.

Some children coped by helping out, greeting those who came to pay their last respects. Others spoke to God.

"I just go to the Lord," says Cedelo Hardy, who used to attend Sunday School with Cherish. He said Cherish helped him through a difficult day.

"I was feeling down and she came over to me and gave me a hug," he said.

Children so young and so full of sadness, yet after the tragedy they went through together, so full of strength.

"We'll miss you," said Hardy. "You were really sweet and kind girl.
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