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Dollar General working with investigators in girl's slaying

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Updated: 6/25/2013 3:10 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The store where the mother of Cherish Perrywinkle first met the man accused of killing the little girl is working with police.

Dollar General released a statement regarding the Jacksonville tragedy.

[Special coverage: Remembering Cherish]

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with the child's family," wrote the company in an email from corporate communications. "Dollar General is cooperating fully with authorities and will do whatever we can to assist investigators in solving this horrific crime and bringing the perpetrator to justice."

The Dollar General store at 1610 Edgewood Ave. West is where Amber Alert murder suspect Donald J. Smith first met Rayne Perrywinkle and her 8-year-old daughter on the night of June 21.

Cherish's mother told police Smith had asked her if she wanted a dress, and that his wife had a $100 gift card for Walmart. They just had to wait for her to arrive.

The so-called wife never did, so Smith, according to police, offered to drive Cherish's family from the Dollar General store to the Walmart on Lem Turner Road.

A few hours later, police said Smith lured Cherish out of the Walmart and killed her, dumping her body behind a church on Broward Road.
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