GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Justice for Janaya. That's what members of the Gulfport community are still praying for as they continue to cope with Janaya Thompson's death. The 5-year-old was found dead in the bathroom of an abandoned trailer Thursday.
According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Janaya's official cause of death was asphyxiation by strangulation. Hargrove said that no other details about the girl's death are going to be revealed at this time because of the ongoing investigation.
Two persons of interest remain behind bars in the Harrison County Jail in the capital murder investigation of Janaya.
A makeshift memorial of balloons, teddy bears and flowers keeps growing and growing in Gulfport. Saturday, dozens of South Mississippians came with even more gifts and heavy hearts.
"Yes, he was real emotional this morning. We watched it on the news," Gulfport resident Delores Teddleton said.
Teddleton said it was her grandson, Jaylen Ray, who asked to come here and say goodbye. That's just what they did by lighting candles in Janaya's honor.
"I am just broken up in a bunch of little pieces. He is five and she is five. I don't know, it's just tough. It touched me and touched him too, and we just wanted to come over," Teddleton said.
Janaya was found in the vacant trailer next to the memorial. She was reportedly kidnapped and killed.
While Gulfport police have made two arrests, neither of the men has been charged with a crime directly related to Janaya's death. This horrific crime continues to upset neighbors in the community.
"It brought cold chills to me. It scares me. They don't have the guy. They don't know if they really got him or not, and he is still walking this neighborhood," a neighbor said.
As neighbors and loved ones continue to grieve, they want justice for Janaya and have vowed to keep praying and fighting until it happens.
"This should not end. We should not allow this to end. We continue to come out here. We continue to force someone to come forward and tell what they heard, some answers," Gulfport resident Diana Robertson said.
Answers, they said, for a life that was taken too soon.
"This is a baby. This is someone's child. I know the mother personally, and I know the family personally. She didn't lose a child, the community lost a child," Gulfport resident Sherry Henderson said.
The funeral for Janaya will be held Tuesday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation is set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the funeral to follow. Janaya will be laid to rest at Pine Ridge Gardens Cemetery.