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Hundreds gather to mourn slain three-year-old 'Cupcake' in Birmingham, Alabama


Hundreds of people have packed an Alabama church to overflowing for the funeral of a girl who police say was killed after being kidnapped from a birthday party.

The funeral of three-year-old Kamille McKinney was held at the New Beginning Christian Ministry in Birmingham on Sunday (local time).

That 700-seat church is less than 16 kilometres from a public housing project where the girl, also known as "Cupcake", was abducted October 12.

A fellowship hall was used to seat a large overflow crowd amid a program marked by tears, sombre prayer and joyous gospel music.

Kamille's body was found amid garbage 10 days after the abduction. Authorities have charged a man and a woman with kidnapping and capital murder in her death.

The child's disappearance and the subsequent discovery of her body prompted an outpouring of sympathy throughout the city and beyond.

"This three-year-old has Herculean powers," Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said last week.


A citywide vigil was held outside Birmingham City Hall recently after the discovery of her body.

News outlets reported there was a float in the child's honour at Birmingham's annual Magic City Classic Parade during the weekend.