A room full of people were brought to tears by a small child’s heartbreak at her mother’s funeral on Thursday.
Tiffany Sayre, 26, is the latest victim in a string of unsolved disappearances and deaths in the small city of Chillicothe, Ohio.
Family and friends gathered to pay tribute to Sayre on Thursday, sharing stories, memories, goodbyes, and poetry. Sayre’s 3-year-old daughter, Kayla, found herself overwhelmed by her own emotions and started calling out for her mother. “I want my mommy,” she said.
Kayla’s heartbreak deeply resonated with everybody in the funeral home that day as family members, in tears themselves, tried to comfort the little girl.
Sayre’s sister, Jessica, spoke to The Huffington Post about how unfair it is that Kayla and her 5-year-old sister, Rylee, have to grow up without their mother.
She questioned: “How do we explain this to them? How do we tell them their mom was murdered and won't be coming home?"
Rylee was also heartbroken to hear that she wouldn’t be seeing her mother that day.
Her great-aunt, Sam, said: “She thought she was going to go there and see her mommy in the new dress we bought her. She was bawling, and we had to sit her down and explain to her that she wouldn't be able to see Mommy in her new dress.”
Sayre’s body was found in a culvert on June 20. It was hidden there for over a month. Her death has been ruled a homicide, although the manner of death has not been released.
She is one of six women who have gone missing in the Chillicothe area in the last month. Four of those women have been found dead and two remain missing. All of the women who have gone missing are said to have been involved with drugs and/or prostitution.
Sayre struggled with drug addiction herself, but Jessica said that isn’t how she wants her sister to be remembered.
"People like to focus on that, but that does not define my sister," Jessica said. "They didn't get to see the true side of my sister."
Photo Credit: Huffington Post