CHICAGO (/WBBM) ―The family of a young Addison girl murdered on the South Side this week today asked for help from the community in finding
Mya Lyons' killer.
WBBM's Bernie Tafoya reports.
Meanwhile, Chicago police detectives went door-to-door on 84th and Gilbert Ct. looking for information that might help them find the nine-year old girl's killer. The girl's body was found late Monday night after her father had discovered she was missing from his house.
Nicole Barnes, aunt of the slain girl, said the wake and funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Monument of Faith Evangelistic Church, 2750 W. Columbus Ave.
Mya's mother, Erika Barnes tearfully clutched a picture of her daughter and mustered the strength to make a short statement. Through sobs, Barnes said she didn't know how she was going to tell her son that his sister was not coming home.
Barnes pleaded for help from the public, that "if you know anything, please come forth. We need this man prosecuted severely."
Barnes and a few other relatives and friends wore pink shirts in honor of little Mya whose favorite color was "Barbie doll pink," according to her aunt, Martha Lyons. "Whoever the killer is. He took our angel," Lyons said.
On the edge of the desolate alley that starts at the end of the dead-end street where Mya Lyons' dad lives, a memorial grows. It includes poster board with dozens of well-wishes as well as stuffed animals.
During the morning, Cleanslate, a group contracted by the city of Chicago, helped to clear the alley of the weeds that grew alongside the Metra track embankment. Some of the weeds were at least 15-feet-tall.
Around noon, religious leaders and members of the community marched around the neighborhood for a short time with Erika Barnes. It was a march for peace and an end to the violence that has plagued so many communities like Auburb-Gresham.
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