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Apartment kids hold butterfly funeral

June 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM

VALLEJO, Calif., June 21 (UPI) -- Residents of a California apartment complex said they attended a funeral for a Monarch butterfly organized by local children.

The Mission Terracina Apartments residents in Vallejo said a group of about 10 children, led by 11-year-old Savone Cummings and 4-year-old Alayah Speller, made programs, a guest book and designed the service for Friday's memorial of the Monarch butterfly Cummings and Speller found dead in a carport Wednesday, The (Vallejo) Times-Herald reported Monday.

"I was very surprised the kids did this," said Cherie Duncan, Cummings' mother. "They made programs and put them at everybody's door. They were singing and saying prayers. It was just a very positive thing."

Debra Eanes, activities director for Mission Terracina, said she found the children's actions touching.

"They came down to the office and asked me to come," Eanes said. "They were so into it. It's just very positive that kids could do something like this for a Monarch."

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