Saturday family and friends will gather to bid a final farewell to an eight-year-old girl found dead inside a West Frankfort home.
Funeral services for Alexus Smothers are set for this morning in Christopher. visitation will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Light the Way Christian Fellowship Church in Christopher on Saturday, July 23.
Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church.
The girl's mother, Mary Zumwalt-Jophlin, is charged with concealment of a homicidal death and obstructing justice.
Authorities say Zumwalt-Jophlin lied to police, initially saying the little girl was missing.
Investigators are waiting for autopsy results to determine an exact cause of death.
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