CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WATE) – Saturday, loved ones gathered to say a tearful goodbye to a 9-year-old killed in a school bus crash in Chattanooga.
The funeral for Cor’Dayja Jones took place at Redemption Point Church. She was a member of the children’s choir there.
“They’re singing her two favorite songs,” said Moriah Stanley, Children’s Pastor at the church told WTVC.
Stanley said the 9-year-old’s presence will be missed. She says she was a friend to all.
“I was really blown away by her when there was a new kid and he sat at the table by himself, said Stanley. “And she went over and made friends with him. She was the first one to go over and talk to him. And it just made his experience at church a whole lot better.”
Cor’Dayja is one of six children who died Monday in a bus crash. Police charged bus driver Johnthony Walker with vehicular homicide after the crash. Federal authorities say Walker was driving off the designated bus route when he wrecked on a curvy road while carrying 37 children.
Students and administrators had raised concerns the driver’s behavior behind the wheel in the weeks before the crash. Authorities have said they suspect the driver was speeding.
A spokesperson for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger says five children still remain at the hospital, however one child has been updated to fair condition. That makes three listed in critical, two in fair.
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