The little eight-year-old girl, who captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide during her five-year-battle against cancer, brought the town to a standstill when she made her final journey from All Saints' Church to the Crematorium. Hundreds of people filled the church - while hundreds more lined the street outside - to say their goodbyes and offer their support to her parents, Garry and Karen, who had fought so hard to keep their 'Little Miss Sunshine', taking her to America two years ago in a last, desperate bid to find a cure of neuroblastoma.
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The fight heartbreakingly ended on 17 March when Robyn died suddenly in the New York Clinic with her parents at her side. The funeral procession made its way from Whitworth Road to the church Robyn had attended so often when she was a pupil at All Saints' Primary School. In the porch was a book of condolence and three cards made by her schoolpals, one of which said: Her little white coffin was carried to the altar by her mother and father and two uncles, Brian Brooks and Steven Luker, to the music of the song 'Fly' sung by Celine Dion.
Following words of welcome from All Saints' vicar, the Rev Michael Jones, who said they were gathered to celebrate the life and love of Robyn as well as comfort one another, the 23rd Psalm was sung, followed by by a statement by her parents, read by Mr Luker.
In it, they said they were so proud to have shared their daughter's life for eight years. Robyn had fought her illness so valiantly, amazing doctors and others with her fortitude over and over again. Mr Luker went on: Tears turned to laughter as he recalled: She told Robyn it was meant to make her teeth whiter. They can only hope she is in a better place, not suffering any more and that she's playing with the angels.
Brian Brooks read a poem by Jan Clarke, who wrote a touching message to Robyn's parents on the night she died: And struggling to keep his composure, he recalled words that Robyn's sister, year-old Elise, had written at school on the subject of her favourite gift. I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say, it has been an absolute privilege and a pleasure to have been a part of her short life. Rest in peace, little angel.
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During prayers, the minister asked people to remember Robyn and her 'angel friends' and all children who are presently fighting illness and asked Karen and Garry to light candles for them. He recalled Robyn was a lively youngster - sometimes cheeky - who lived life to the full.
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A teacher from Robyn's school read from St Matthew's Gospel - and a recording was heard of Robyn's former classmates singing a song about friendship. The second hymn, 'All Things Bright and Beautiful,' could not have been a more appropriate choice, with its child-like simplicity, bringing to mind the little girl who was bright, beautiful and always so very brave.
The vicar said that Garry and Karen wanted people to know that without their help, they could never have had the last two years with Robyn.
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Maybe that is Robyn's legacy to the world. The coffin was carried out of the church, again by her family, to the song 'Eternal' by Automic Kitten, who had given so much support to the little girl and her family and were among the mourners. Following the service, the cortege left for the Crematorium for the committal led by a team of motor-bikers from Bury, after which the Town Hall hosted a reception.
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The couple agreed Friday to be returned from Muskogee, Okla. Erica had been raised since birth in Oklahoma by another woman before her mother took her to Kansas City in April , according to Driskell, a cousin of Harrell Johnson. Driskell said the three moved in with her, but Erica was homesick and cried often. Harrell Johnson would beat the child "for crying, for peeing on herself, if she wouldn't eat, whatever," said Driskell, who now also lives in Muskogee.
Driskell said she once heard her cousin tell Michelle Johnson, "You better go take care of your According to police, Erica wasn't moved for two days. Driskell said the couple kept the bedroom door closed and told her that Erica was sick.
The girl's body was found near an intersection in Kansas City in Days later, her head was found nearby, wrapped in a trash bag. Police say the child's head was cut off with a pair of hedge clippers.
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Driskell said Michelle helped hand out fliers about the girl and even cried at a candlelight vigil for her. A short while later, Michelle Johnson left Kansas City and said she was returning Erica to the woman who had been raising her, Driskell said. Driskell said she told Michelle several weeks later that she thought the dead girl looked like Erica. I have Erica here with me,"' Driskell said. Michelle Johnson "always had an excuse for everything, and we believed her at the time," Driskell said.
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