Funeral set for slain 8-year-old Fla. girl; police say she was abducted by sex offender

  • Updated: June 28, 2013 - 9:30 AM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Funeral services will be held for an 8-year-old Florida girl who authorities say was kidnapped and killed by a convicted sex offender with a long criminal record.

The service for Cherish Perrywinkle is set for 2 p.m. Friday at Paxon Revival Center Church in Jacksonville.

The 8-year-old girl's body was found Saturday morning. Donald James Smith has been charged with murder and kidnapping in her death.

Church officials say Cherish had attended the church for four years and that she was a sweet little girl.

The man accused of killing Cherish was convicted of sex crimes against children and had gotten out of prison less than a month before the girl's death.

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