A procession through Dupo is planned for Saturday in honor of Emily Rose Perrin, a 4-year-old girl who died Sunday.
The procession is scheduled to begin about 11:30 a.m. after her funeral, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, according to a Facebook post by Leesman Funeral Homes.
The procession is planned to begin at the church, go west on Godin Avenue, make a left onto Main Street toward Interstate 255 on its way to the Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.
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The funeral home has asked for people to line up along Main Street to pay respects to Emily, according to a Facebook post by the funeral home.
“It’s just to show the family the support of the town and let them know everyone cares,” said Greg Leesman, owner and vice president of the funeral home. “We’re trying to help them through the difficult time.”
Emily’s mother, Mary B. Lockett, of Dupo, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Emily’s death. Prosecutors say she suffocated the girl. Authorities have not discussed a motive. A defense attorney has asked the court that a psychologist be appointed to conduct a fitness evaluation of Lockett.
Family friends say Emily enjoyed playing with dolls and pretending to be a princess. They say she liked being called “Princess.”
Emily’s death was discovered after Dupo Police were called to a home at 105 N. Ninth St. in Dupo about 2:28 p.m. on Sunday for a report of a girl unconscious and not breathing.
Lockett remained in jail Friday with bail set at $1 million.