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By Karen Cohilas and Jim Wallace

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Janaysia Stevenson's funeral will be held Saturday in Albany. Friends of the family are asking the community to help cover the cost of laying her to rest.

We met with friends and family at Janaysia's grandmother's home Thursday. They're asking people to donate money to help cover expenses, estimated around $4,500.

They say little Janaysia died such a violent death, and they want to help make sure she has a proper burial. 

"You and I know funerals are real expensive now and we're asking the community, the churches, business men, the community to come together. Let's give this baby a decent burial," said Church Member Kendell Crawford.

"Small or large, we'll accept anything that you have to offer. It doesn't matter. What you have, we are grateful for it and we'll be appreciative and thankful for whatever they give us," said Church Member Carlton Arnold.

Janaysia's funeral is Saturday at Metropolitan Baptist Church at 3:00PM.

Donations can be made to Doco Regional Credit Union, made payable to the Janaysia Stevenson fund. 

Two downtown Albany businesses say the shocking murder of Janaysia Stevenson helped inspire them to donate to fight child abuse, and they are asking other Albany businesses to join them.

Verge, the consignment clothing store, and the Downtown General Store, will donate ten percent of their proceeds for the month of April to the Lily Pad, to fight child abuse in Albany.

Verge owner, Jessica Blair, each month donates ten percent of their proceeds to local charities, and said the tragic murder of the 19 month old shows the need. Now she is hoping more businesses will join in the effort. 

"I certainly do. I hope that the whole community can come together and just rally, and just make a difference in Albany," Blair, said.

Blair said her goal is to raise at least one thousand dollars for the Lily Pad in her store.


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