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Funeral outrage, then arrest in 5-year-old Detroit girl's death

DETROIT — Prayers and cries for justice in the killing of a young Detroit girl were heard Friday as she was laid to rest.Police made an arrest in the case the same day the funeral was held for 5-year-old Mariha Smith. "A person of interest has been arrested based on the preliminary findings by the homicide unit," Detroit Police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said.A source familiar with the investigation told the Free Press that the man arrested is a boyfriend of one of Mariha's aunts.Mariha's body was found burned in an abandoned Detroit home early July 24 -- the same morning she went missing from a home a short distance away. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said she died of asphyxiation before her body was set on fire. Her death comes as the city is experiencing an uptick in homicides compared with the same time last year.At her funeral, community

Added: Aug-7-2011 Occurred On: Aug-7-2011
By: Zipper10
Regional News
Tags: Funeral, outrage, arrest, 5 yr. old
Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States (load item map)
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