HACIENDA HEIGHTS (CBSLA) — Mourners gathered Monday to honor the short life of a girl whose body was found ignobly stuffed into a duffel bag and left on a trail in Hacienda Heights.
Trinity Love Jones, 9, was honored at an interfaith service at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. The service was open to the public, who was encouraged to wear bright colors in honor of her bright life.
“Today, Trinity comes down from heaven and blesses the darkness,” said Father Gomez of St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
It was an emotional service as family and friends remembered the little girl with an outpouring of love.
“A unique, gifted – a beautiful charismatic life of the party young girl,” said Pastor Darnel Hammock of New Life Community County.” As her father described her, someone with so much character.”
But what was hard for many in attendance to accept is how she died. Trinity was found on the side of the road, stuffed inside stuffed into a duffel bag and dumped near a trail in Hacienda Heights earlier this month.
“When do we change the channel from this alarming episode of young black girls dying?” Pastor Hammock said.
Priscilla Tucker was one member of the public who came to celebrate the girl, who was known for her love of dancing and her penchant for dressing up like a princess. Tucker, a foster mother, said she would have taken Trinity in.
“She didn’t have a chance,” Tucker said sadly. “At 9 years old, she didn’t have a chance to live her life out.”
The young girl’s body mother, Taquesta Graham, and her mother’s boyfriend, Emiel Hunt, have both been charged with murder and are scheduled to make their next court appearance next month.
“We pray even for them,” Father Gomez said. “That’s what we do as a family of faith. We pray for everyone.”