Family, friends and supporters packed the pews of at DeKalb and Chestnut streets today to pay their respects and pray for peace as Dominique Devlin was laid to rest.
Devlin, only 16 years old, was , in an alley off of East Basin Street. Her killer remains at large.
The Reverend Brian Witherspoon delivered a stirring eulogy for Devlin. Witherspoon took the opportunity to remind all those in attendance that the sweet young girl who lay before them died because of the choice her killer made to take a life. He urged the entire community to consider the choices they make on a daily basis and to make the right ones.
He also offered words of comfort.
"Don't be sad," Rev. Witherspoon said. "Dominique is working things out with God."
Services were originally planned to be held at Macedonia Baptist Church on Hillcrest Avenue, but due to the expected crowds was moved to the St. Patrick's Church on DeKalb St.
Father Gus Puleo, pastor of St. Patrick's Church, expressed his condolences to Devlin's family and told those in attendance that they would always be welcome at St. Patrick's.
"These aren't my children or your children or their children," said Father Puleo. "These our our children ... All are welcome."
The and Montgomery County Detectives are still investigating the murder of Dominique Devlin, though no arrests have been made. Earlier reports of a suspect in custody for the crime were incorrect according to Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Norristown police at 610-270-0977 or Montgomery County detectives at 610-278-3368.