JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A week after 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle's abduction and murder we're hearing a wide range of emotions from the community. Many of you have asked on our Facebook page how a mother could let this happen?
It's a question we hear that Cherish's mother Rayne has been asking herself. Paxon Revival Center Church pastor Steve Dobbs tells our partner Action News she's angry at herself for letting her guard down.
"Mama's angry at herself and mama told me, 'I don't care what the community says. There's nothing that anybody says that hurts me anymore than I've hurt myself. I made a mistake and it cost the life of my daughter. I've done something that was crazy, and it cost me the life of my daughter. I love my daughter.'"
It's causing other parents to make doubly sure they're keeping their eyes peeled wherever they go.
"I just want them to understand that just because everyone is nice to you doesn't mean they have good intentions," says Danielle McNair.
McNair never met the Perrywinkles but came to Cherish's memorial at Paxon last night to try and help her kids understand what happened.
"I just have to be out there with them at all times now," she says.
Lagarall Bates is using it not only to remind herself to always be watching, but also to make her young daughter a promise.
"I wanted to show her how much I appreciate her and that I'm going to always protect her as much as I can, love her, and guide her."
Cherish's funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at the Paxon Revival Center Church. We will have a web stream linked here at WOKV.com