PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of mourners turned out at a Paterson, New Jersey church Friday evening, in commemoration of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter in Paterson, New Jersey.
An open-casket funeral was held at the Community Baptist Church of Love for Genesis Rincon.
As CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported Friday night, the church was filled with dozens of bright balloons, as the mourners shared their pain.
Genesis’ father, Alexis Rincon, choked up during the tribute to his daughter.
“A true angel has received her wings and flew up to heaven,” he said. “She will always be in our hearts.”
Rincon’s young friends were the first to enter the church.
“It was a tragedy because, like, I knew her. I spoke to her,” said friend Noah Abdul-Hakeem. “We were that close.”
Inside, mourners erupted in a jubilant song to celebrate Genesis’ life.
There was also praise for Rincon for inadvertently saving the lives of the five children who were also in harm’s way that night.
“I’m glad she went to God, because now she doesn’t have to suffer anymore in Paterson,” said Genesis’ sister, also named Alexis Rincon.
A total of three suspects have now been charged in Genesis’ death. Earlier Friday, Jeffrey Ellerbee, 21, and Marshae Anthony, 19, were both charged Friday in the death of Genesis Rincon, according to the Paterson police and Passaic County prosecutors.
Ellerbee was charged with first-degree murder, and both suspects faced charges of unlawful possession of a weapon.
The charges came as a result of unspecified information learned during the investigation into the case. Prosecutors asked that bail be set at $2 million for Ellerbee and $75,000 for Anthony.
Meanwhile Friday, the suspected gunman in the case, Jhymiere Moore, 19, faced a judge for the first time on murder and weapons charges.
His bail was kept at $3 million, but his attorney, Harley Breite, said he will file a motion to get it reduced.
Moore was arrested in connection with the shooting after turning himself in to authorities on Tuesday, but his attorney said Moore was nowhere near the scene on the night of the shooting.