Family and friends held a visitation and funeral today for 13-year-old Iberia girl Macala Shelton.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 22:32:25 GMT — Family and friends held a visitation and funeral today for a 13-year-old Iberia girl. Authorities said Macala Shelton was murdered by her stepfather's brother last month. Investigators say Steven Henderson stabbed Macala with a large survival knife. Henderson faces prosecution for first degree murder. Hundreds of people gathered at Iberia's Fancher-Rekus Funeral Home to say a final goodbye to Macala Shelton. Family members said they were overwhelmed by the support in their community. Family members were surrounded by loved ones and strangers as they put their 13-year-old girl to rest. 3 motorcycle organizations assisted with the services. Members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, or BACA, rode in the procession from the funeral home to the cemetery. BACA members want to help Macala's surviving sisters. Bikers Against Child Abuse rider ??Pork Chop?? said, "We are here for her sisters who still exist and still harbor fear. We are going to do everything that it takes to remove fear from their lives." Macala's mother returned home from serving in the army in Afghanistan. Local members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association showed their support. CVMA rider Ken "viking" Peasce said, "We've been to a lot of them, but this one here. You expect your fellow combatants when you are overseas to have a problem, but when you come home to the murder of your own child, it's rough." Iberia's Bush Pilots Motorcycle Club also showed their support during procession from the funeral home to the cemetery. Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott said the entire Iberia community was shocked by Macala's murder. Abbott said, "It's ongoing. With the support and the information we are getting from the public and the feedback, they are working with us, too." Family members said Macala was a very quiet and loving girl who liked books, cats, and playing on the Iberia Stingers softball team. Members of the Iberia community gathered donations to help pay for Macala's funeral.
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