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03/06/04

Murdered Child's Funeral Held Saturday

Friends and family are still in mourning for the five-year-old Escatawpa boy beaten to death earlier this week.

Towander Broadhead is being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center without bond and is charged with capital murder in the death of her son.

She and her boyfriend, Willie Thomas, initially told authorities that Kenderick was missing Tuesday morning. But authorities believed a different story after arresting Broadhead and Thomas.

That's when Thomas helped authorities find Kenderick's body in rural Harrison County late Tuesday afternoon. Thomas has been charged as an accessory after the fact of capital murder and is facing still penalties as well.

Saturday was five-year-old Kenderick Broadhead's funeral. Friends and family gathered to remember how this angel touched their lives.

There wasn't a dry eye in Gilmer's Funeral Home in Mobile.

"It's a tough day coming to work here on a day like today when we bury a little small fellow like this, these little angels," funeral home owner Phil Gilmer said.

He believes five-year-old Kenderick Broadhead is an angel now, after being beaten to death on Tuesday.

"Fly now little angel in your heavenly playground and take with your the knowledge that our love for you had no bounds," the preacher said to the mourners.

Friends and family who gathered for the funeral say they are still in shock.

"I just can't come to grips with what happened or what went down to cause her to do what she did," family friend Gladys Spencer said.

Right before the procession started, the owner of Gilmer's Funeral Home reminded the family that this funeral will be free. He says he wanted to donate the funeral because the family's already suffered a great loss and doesn't need a financial one as well.

During the funeral, friends and family reassured each other that Kenderick is in a better place.

by Claire Nelson

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