BREMERTON, WA - Jenise Paulette Wright’s family will tell you it’s the small memories that add up to a lifetime of love. On Saturday they were taken back to one of those moments as young Katrina Noble walked up to the microphone and started singing.
“Let it go, let it go,” she belted out. “I am one with the wind and sky. Let it go, let it go. You'll never see me cry!”
The song was a sweet moment at a very dark time for Wright’s family. It was one of Jenise’s favorites. She’d always sing it.
Now it was one of the tributes at her memorial service, honoring the little 6 year-old girl who died earlier this month at the hands of a neighbor and family friend, according to investigators.
“It’s like a piece of my heart is completely ripped out and is missing,” said Coralise Almojera, Jenise’s older sister.
Her family members told stories that reminded them of why she was such a bright light in their lives.
“[She was] so giving and loving,” her mom, Denise, said. “I could never be mad at her half the time.”
That included when Denise noticed 2 boxes of cereal missing from her kitchen. She’d later find out Jenise took them outside for a picnic with the neighbors. She pulled the same stunt with 6 popsicles and handed them out to children at the nearby park.
"Jenise was a bright star in our life,” said Melanie Davis, her sister. “As you must know this has been something that is the deepest heartbreak and challenge."
In all about 300 people came to the memorial service at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Bremerton.
Some of those were strangers who’d never met Jenise.
"I did not know her but I feel like I did,” said Mirissa Cicelski, who drove from Seabeck. "Nothing like this has ever happened in my lifetime living in this community and it's real. We need to be aware and come together and support one another when they need support. That's what God would want us to do."
Ashley Beach and her mother Julie felt a connection too. They drove up from Federal Way to show support.
"This has just hit home for me,” Ashley said. “She's so young and innocent. It's the first thing I ever cried about on the news since probably 9/11."