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Funeral held for teen stabbed to death in store

Posted at 3:50 PM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 16:50:40-05

It’s been two weeks since 15-year-old Melanie Lyons was stabbed at Walmart on La. 14. Yesterday, her family was finally able to lay her to rest, KPLC reports.

There was not a dry eye in the building as family and friends gathered at New Shiloh Baptist Church Saturday morning to say their final goodbyes to Lyons, the station reports.

“Melanie is like the best person. You meet her and she would put a smile on her face. She encouraged people different ways. She let us know she loved us,” her cousin Kaitlyn Goodly told KPLC.

Lyons was stabbed just a few weeks ago at a Lake Area Walmart; police arrested a 13-year-old and two other teen girls in connection with the slaying. There was a vigil held for her at the store; you can see that story here.

Her grandmother Priscilla Willis says despite the circumstances, her granddaughter left teaching them all a lesson.

”She ended up here, but it’s turning for her good. For us, it opens our eyes to see and get closer with our kids. Love on our kids and our children, and be there for them. Listen to them," she told KPLC.

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