Many supporters attend funeral of Talaija Dorsey - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Many supporters attend funeral of Talaija Dorsey

Dozens of people packed Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in St. James Parish to lay Talaija Dorsey to rest. (Andrew Nomoura, WAFB) Dozens of people packed Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in St. James Parish to lay Talaija Dorsey to rest. (Andrew Nomoura, WAFB)
Dorsey was the 12-year old girl who went missing July 1st and was later found dead in a cane field. (Andrew Nomura, WAFB) Dorsey was the 12-year old girl who went missing July 1st and was later found dead in a cane field. (Andrew Nomura, WAFB)
Dozens of people packed Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in St. James Parish to lay Talaija Dorsey to rest. Dorsey was the 12-year old girl who went missing July 1st and was later found dead in a cane field. 

There were so many people that some were standing outside watching the service from a television.  Among them was Shaun Smith, Dorsey’s P.E. teacher. He said she was a regular girl who just wanted to have fun.

”She like playing basketball and dodge ball,” said Smith. “That was probably one of her classes’ favorite sports, and Talaija like being a part of that.”

He said although she is gone you can just look around and see how many lives she's brought together.

“That shows you how special she was or the impact that she had. Not just on the community, but the entire parish,” said Smith.

John Celestine is facing charges of 1st degree murder in connection to Dorsey’s death. Celestine was engaged to Dorsey’s mother.

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