'Not supposed to be there.' Khloe Fennell laid to rest, community pleas for end to gun violence

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Saturday, July 22, 2023
Funeral held for 5-year-old Khloe Fennell
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Loved ones of 5-year-old Khloe Fennell wore pink as they laid her to rest Friday afternoon.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Loved ones of Khloe Fennell wore pink as they laid her to rest Friday afternoon.

Family members and friends sent the 5-year-old off the best way they could.

"I want you all to know this baby was loved. This was my broke best friend. Come to find out she's richer than me. She's now somewhere I'm trying to get to," said one family member.

Fennell was a recent pre-K graduate who is remembered as lively, outgoing, and strong. The obituary said she fought hard through her many heart surgeries and she smiled through it all. Her mother Brittney sat front row wiping away her tears as loved ones paid tribute to her daughter.

"Brittney you are a good mama. I looked forward to coming back to work on Monday and you told me what you and Khloe did over the weekend," said one family friend.

Gun violence took the life of the bright light leaving those who love her questioning why and pleading with members of this community to put the guns down.

"Just stop. Stop all this killing. Stop taking people's loved ones from them. It's not worth it. It's so painful to the family. Something you'll never get over" said cousin Teresa Wiggleton.

A horse-drawn glass carriage carried the little girl's Minnie Mouse casket to her final resting place as loved ones looked on in inconsolable grief.

"That little girl do not suppose to be in that casket. She is not supposed to be there. Just that simple," said friend Raeford Williams.