HOUSTON It hardly seemed an end befitting a vibrant 3-year-old boy, but friends and family members gathered in north Houston to emotionally embrace the spirit of Shomari Dickerson and offer one last goodbye Thursday.
Shomari was one of four children killed in a fire at a Houston day care center last week.
My daughter will never be able to hold her only son, ever again, said Tracy Storm, Shomari s grandmother.
Shomari s mother broke down at one point during the boy s funeral as family members, one by one, remembered her son.
As long as he lives in us, he lives, said Glenn Price, the boy s grandfather. So little Shomari, live on. Live through us, and we re going to be the best we can for you.
God gave him the time to be here for three years, and that s an angel, said family friend Karen Lewis. He did his work, and now God has taken him home.
It was Shomari s mother who insisted that cameras be allowed at the service, in hopes that justice will come to the day care operator accused in connection with her son s death as well as the burns that now cover 35 percent of her daughter s body.
I just want to say to Jessica Tata, you can run but you can t hide. God knows where you are right now, said Price.
Authorities were still searching for Tata Thursday. She fled to Nigeria two days after the fire.
A spokeswoman for Interpol said the international police agency has issued a notice to its member countries, telling them that Tata is being sought by the United States.
Investigators said Tata left seven children alone in her day care center while she went shopping. The fire started while she was gone.
Tata is facing 10 criminal charges in the case.
Meanwhile, the families of the three other victims were still preparing to bury their loved ones.
A wake for 20-month-old Kendyll Stradford was also scheduled for Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by a funeral Friday at 10 a.m.
A private funeral service was set for Friday for 18-month-old Elias Castillo, and a 1 p.m. funeral mass was scheduled for 20-month-old Elizabeth Kajoh on Saturday.
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