Late August is a time for back-to-school shopping and final trips to the beach; it is not, according to the Rev. Luke Erickson, a time to hold a funeral for a 15-year-old girl.
"There shouldn't be funerals for 15-year-olds," Erickson, the executive pastor for Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, said during the funeral service for Maleigha Catherine Solonka Wednesday at the church.
"This is a hard day, there's no getting around that," Erickson said. "We did not expect to be here and, and nor should we."
Maleigha, who lived with her guardians Darlene and Vance DuPree in Edgewood, was found dead Aug. 16 in a wooded area off of Webb Lane in...