Murdered boy's body released to family

4-year-old Jadon Higganbothan
November 1, 2011 11:20:17 AM PDT
After a long wait, 5-year-old Jadon Higganbothan family tells ABC11 that they will finally get to hold a memorial service for the little boy this week in Colorado.

The boy is one of two victims in the so-called cult murder case. Seven people have been charged, including Higganbothan's mother.

His body was found buried in the back yard of a Durham home four months ago. Authorities also discovered the remains of 28-year-old Antionetta McKoy.

Since then, there was a court order blocking the release of both victims' remains. But a week ago, a judge gave the all-clear.

McKoy's family held a memorial service in Washington, D.C. and this Friday, Higganbothan's family will honor his memory in Colorado Springs.

The boy's family said the North Carolina Victim's Assistance Fund will cover most of the funeral expenses.

But they still need the public's help so that Jadon's father can attend his son's memorial service in Colorado.

"I'm very, very relieved, it brings some more closure even though I don't feel like it's all the way satisfied until I see those involved are behind bars or get the death penalty," Jamiel Higganbothan said over the phone in Georgia. "I have my son; it's just been a long, long, drawn out process."

Jadon Higganbothan's family has set up a MoneyGram fund for donations to help his father get to Colorado.

To do that, go to any MoneyGram (Ace Cash Express, Walmart, or moneygram.com to find a MoneyGram location). Get a blue-bill payment form. Use Code "7000" - Acct# 4039953618287483.

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