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Family, friends get to say goodbyes to 10-year-old Jade Morris

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Updated: 1/05/2013 9:57 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Cameras snapped as family of Jade Morris hugged each other.

A viewing held Friday afternoon was the latest development in the highly publicized murder of the Las Vegas 10-year-old.

“She looks like she's sleeping,” said Tejuana Reeves, mother of Jade Morris. “She's beautiful right now.”

Our cameras were not allowed inside, but News 3 was told Jade’s casket was open.

Because she was stabbed so many times, News 3 was first told the casket would be closed.

Friday, we learned that was not necessary.

Family said Jade was dressed in her favorite red sweater, the same sweater she wore the last day she was seen alive before leaving with her father's now ex-fiancé Brenda Stokes Wilson.

Stokes Wilson is accused of stabbing Jade to death, leaving a mom without a daughter.

“She was a beautiful girl. She was smart and bright and she loved people. She loved animals,” said Reeves. “She was amazing you know, and I won't have that anymore. I can't you know sit up in the middle of the night and hear her reading or walk in the room, and it's bed time and see her falling asleep with her face in her book. I can't have any of that, and it hurts so bad.”

That hurt is felt by other family members including Jade's grandma and uncle.

“We worshipped her, my mother worshipped her,” said Paul Morris, Jade’s uncle.

But one of Jade's biggest fans, her best friend 10-year-old Kayla Evans, is beginning to feel a bit better.

“I'm happy because I got to see her, and she looks so pretty,” said best friend Kayla Evans.

Evans said she wanted to see Jade so she could send her to heaven with a bracelet she made.

“I see her wearing it right now,” said Evans with a smile.

Just like Evans was smiling, Evans said she sees Jade with a big smile, wearing her new bracelet, looking down at her family and trying to take away all the pain her death has caused.

Jade will be laid to rest Wednesday.

Her memorial service will be at the Bread of Life Ministries Church near Simmons, just South of Lake Mead Boulevard at 1:00 p.m.

Stokes Wilson is set to make her next court appearance March 28.

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