Funeral Services For Young Hit And Run Victims

Hundreds of people gathered on Tuesday to say good-bye to two little girls, killed by a hit and run driver. Much of the state remains in shock over how the little girls died, mowed down in a crosswalk near the U of L Campus. The driver now faces murder charges.

It was a massive funeral, more than 450 people, and it was standing room only. They were all there to honor 5-year-old Claudia Wadlington and her best friend, 4-year-old Riley Lawrence.

The little girls died Friday when they were hit by a speeding car that was running from police. The man police say killed them, Kenielle Finch of Louisville, is now being charged with two counts of murder.

Family and friends of the girls gathered at St. Andrews Episcopal Church to remember the two girls people remembered as best friends.

Many at the funeral shared stories of the girls, including Reverend Ben Moss who gave the eulogy.

The families of the two young girls issued this statement on Tuesday.

"Thank you to the community for your outpouring of love and support. We will all carry in our hearts our lovely, adored Riley and Claudia and remember that they are in perfect peace with their creator."

The two girls were laid to rest side by side at Cavehill Cemetery in Louisville. A funeral fund has been set up at the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky. Call (502) 584-7148 for more information.

Also on Tuesday, Louisville police asked anyone who may have been near the scene of the accident Friday night to call them.

The girls were struck, walking with Wadlington's mother at Floyd and Warnock streets. That's near the University of Louisville campus.

Investigators are looking for eyewitnesses who saw Finch's car, a blue Grand Am, just before or after the accident.

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  • by syd Location: jackson co. on Jul 30, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    all law enforcment should'nt chase fugtives into areas where children ,and other people live and work. catch them on down the road where no one lives and they least expect them to be waiting. people can be hurt or killed just like these little angels.we are praying for you all and god keep you in his arms.weeping my endure for a night but, joy comes in the morning.psalm 30:5
  • by Anonymous Location: Whitley County on Jul 30, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    My prayers go out to the familys of these two precious little girls who are now Gods angels. Their young lives were taken out by some idiot who needs the death penalty.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2008 at 04:40 PM
    Don't you think that saying they were "mowed down" is a tad insensitive??
  • by Thelma Location: Pikeville, KY on Jul 29, 2008 at 02:19 PM
    I think it should be a law of what you do it what you get in return, in some situations, like this one. This boy should have the death penalty and not waste tax payers money;by giving him breakfast in bed. No jail time go directly to hell. Hopefully this boy will beg his forgiveness to the Lord above; because if it were my children, I would go to the pen by killing this man for taking away the biggest part of my life. May the families of these precious babies be blessed and ease their pain. About the only good thing I see that came out of this, is we have two more angels up above.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jul 29, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these two precious girls. May God comfort you all and help you thru this tragic ordeal. I hope the guy rots in prison!!!
  • by Me Location: Richmond on Jul 29, 2008 at 08:54 AM
    If the "laws" were inforced years ago on this person when he committed other crimes he shouldn't have been out on the streets to begin with and neither one of these precious girls would have lost their lives. I hope this poor excuse of an human being rots in jail for the rest of his life!!


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