HOUSTON The fourth young victim from a daycare fire in west Houston was laid to rest on Saturday.
Friends and family held a funeral service for 20-month old Elizabeth Kajoh at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in northwest Harris County.
Friends of the Kajoh family struggled to find words to describe what happened.
It hit me so hard that I can barely take it, said family friend Ronke Aduku.
Aduku has known the family for more than five years and has a child the same age as Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Kajoh was just 20 months old, but friends said her short life will make an impact on them for a long time.
You have to share your love, you have to share your time, you have to share everything, and that is what she came to tell us, and that is the lesson we have learned from her short life, said Elizabeth s father, Emmanuel Kajoh. And I pray for my little angel, I know she is already in heaven and she s watching over us, and she is smiling.
Friends say Elizabeth was a happy toddler who loved to sing and dance.
Smiles on her face all the time, all the time I was asking her father, does this girl cry at all? family friend Lawrence Ete said. For a couple of days I had sleepless nights because the girl is a very lovely girl.
With hugs, tears, and flowers, Saturday s service was the last of the funerals for the four victims of the day care fire, a tragedy that parents in attendance are still trying to understand.
For you to wake up one morning and realize the child is gone, that is something that is very, very painful, Gracious Idiku, a mother of three, said.
The U.S. Marshals Office is offering a $25,000 reward for the capture of 22-year-old Jessica Tata, who ran the daycare center.
Marshals say a grand jury has indicted Tata on four counts of manslaughter. She s also charged with seven counts of reckless injury to a child and three counts of abandoning a child.
Tata is believed to have fled to Nigeria, where her family is originally from.
Investigators say she left the seven children alone at her in-home daycare to go shopping at a nearby Target when the fire broke out.
They believe she left a pot of oil on the stove with a burner on.
Two of the surviving children are recovering in the hospital.