Mothers, fathers, firemen, and police officers came together Thursday to say goodbye to a baby girl they didn't know. The newborn found dead in the Killeen Walmart last month was laid to rest Thursday afternoon.
"I wanted to, I wanted to try to help but I prayed. I pray for the baby and the mother," said Luz Rosario, a mother a nine with 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She loves babies and just had to pay her respects to Baby Jane Doe, the unidentified newborn found dead at the Killeen Walmart last month.
"I feel sad for the baby and even for the for the mother," said Luz. "I don't know what was the reason that she just left that kid like that, it's a human being."
But Luz was in good company. A crowd of strangers, mothers, fathers, even babies all showed up to say goodbye.
"You know this baby has no one and now it's got the community," said Carroll Smith, who is with the Killeen PD Public Affairs.
After the services the baby was taken to her plot at the Killeen Cit Cemetery which was donated by the City of Killeen.
"And then the tombstone or grave marker, we have had several businesses and the Fire Department willing to assist with that," said Lisa Hatfield, the Crime Victim Liaison for Killeen PD and the person who spearheaded the funeral and burial service for the newborn.
There are still many unanswered questions in this case. While police wait for more autopsy results, they're still searching for the mother who abandoned her.
"We're just asking anybody to come forward that may know anything. Anything at all, no matter how little it is," said Smith.
Luz hopes they find the mother but was relieved the newborn was not alone today, "I'm glad for the baby, it had somebody. They needed the prayers. Everbody needs prayers these days."
There's no doubt Baby Jane Doe got the prayers she needed.
Everything for Thursdays services was donated, except for the opening and closing of the grave which was covered by the Bell Coryell Crime Victims Coalition.