TAMPA (WFLA/CNN) – A memorial for Maleah Davis was held this weekend in Arkansas.
The service comes after Houston authorities confirmed that the child’s body was discovered in a trash bag.
A memorial has since been growing along the stretch of road where she was found.
People laid toys, flowers and other gifts to remember her spirit Debbie Gulley is the founder of Gorgeous Women of Texarkana, an organization that works to honor child abuse victims she says Maleah’s death affects everyone.
“She’s all our little girls she could be my grandchild her grandchild we all have children, we drive this highway all the time and never knew she was there,” Debbie Gulley said.
During the memorial a billboard of Maleah was unveiled, organizers say people from across the community reached out to donate money towards the billboard, a kind gesture to make sure her memory isn’t forgotten.
“Although the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and death of Maleah Davis were heartbreaking, the community is united in creating lasting changes in her honor and vowing to safeguard all children in our community,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said as he read a proclamation making June 9 “Maleah Davis Day” in Houston.
Derion Vence, the former fiancé of Maleah’s mother, has been arrested and charged on suspicion of tampering with a human corpse.