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Posted: Friday, 19 July 2013 3:58PM

Funeral plans changed for Ahlittia North



The Harvey six-year-old who was brutally stabbed to death near her home will be laid to rest on Monday.

However, the funeral location has been changed.

The funeral for Ahlittia North will now be held at 11 a.m. at the Christian Assembly Church in Gonzales. Visitation is set for 9 a.m.

She will still be buried in the First Baptist Church Cemetery in Donaldsonville.

A memorial fund for her family has been set up at all branches of Capital One Bank.

Police say 20-year-old Matthew Flugence has admitted to the crime after being apprehended earlier this week.

Flugence faces a charge of First Degree Murder and a separate charge related to the alleged sex assault of an 11-year-old girl.

The child's mother and step-father last saw their child alive last Friday night as they were going to bed.  Saturday morning, the family called 911 when they awoke to find Ahlittia missing.

In a Tuesday update, the Sheriff said that following the Saturday morning report that the child was missing, officers found a pool of blood near the apartment complex about seven doors down.  That blood was submitted for DNA testing, which Normand noted takes some time.

During the investigation, the JPSO named Flugence as a 'person of interest.'  Police say there was a warrant out for Flugence in connection with the alleged sexual battery of an 11-year-old.

Monday night, the DNA results on the blood revealed that blood was that of the missing girl.  Later, officers found the child's body in a garbage bin.

The coroner said an autopsy showed that North was stabbed twice in the neck and twice in the abdomen.

Officials say there were "no obvious signs of sexual assault" on the girl, but were also awaiting the coroner's results.

Family members say Flugence was the nephew of the step-father, and he had periodically baby-sat the child.

Matthew Flugence's brother Russell in jail on a charge of obstruction of justice in the case, according to police.

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