Mourning A Life Not Lived

Two firefighters carried the coffin of the infant named Baby Doe Thursday. (Photo by Rachel Cox)
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KILLEEN (January 17, 2013)—Mourners gathered Thursday afternoon for a graveside service for a newborn infant who was found dead in December in a restroom at the Walmart Supercenter in Killeen.

The infant, named Baby Doe, was laid to rest Thursday afternoon at the Killeen City Cemetery at 2800 East Rancier.

Among the mourners was Brenda Ornelaz, who has seven children and 12 grandchildren.

She said Baby Doe was the community’s baby.

“She came in alone, but she didn't have to leave alone,” Ornelaz said.

The service was arranged with the help of several local businesses that came forward to give the infant a proper burial, Killeen police said.

“I don't think we even hesitated,” said Nadine Bbentivegna of Christell’s Flowers.

“This is something that I think the community just has to come together and do what they can to help a scenario like that.”

Crawford Bowers Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

“As part of the Killeen community we're honored and humbled to be able to provide services for anyone, but much more so a little tiny one that nobody has claimed,” said Deborah Evans of Crawford Bowers.

An employee found the newborn’s body just before 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 in a restroom at the rear of the store at 1400 Lowe’s Blvd.

Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the infant dead and ordered an autopsy.

Police searched unsuccessfully for mother because they feared she might have needed medical attention.

(Photo by Rachel Cox)