Shaniya Davis' Father Supported By Community During Vigil

1:24 PM, Nov 17, 2009   |    comments
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Fayetteville, NC -- Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil in Fayetteville Monday night to honor the memory of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.

The girl's body was found Monday afternoon in a wooded area in Lee County. She was reported missing last week and later seen with a man on surveillance tape at a hotel in Sanford, NC.

The girl's mother, Antoninette Davis, and the man allegedly seen in the video, Mario McNeill, are both in jail.

Davis is accused of human trafficking, prostitution and felony child abuse. Warrants say she provided her daughter with intent that the girl be held in sexual servitude.

Among those at the Monday night vigil was the girl's father, Bradley Lockhard, who gave an emotional tribute.

Lockhard prayed "Protect those who can not protect themselves, because we don't know how to protect them here."

Antoninette Davis' mother was also at the vigil. She says she doesn't believe her daughter had anything to do with it situation and isn't going to incriminate her.


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