As Channel 3 News first reported Tuesday night, the DeFreeze family had lost a location to hold the funeral for their murdered teen loved one.
Almost immediately after WKYC Hilary Golston’s report Tuesday evening, church leaders and community members have come forward to offer support.
Several churches and community members have opened their hearts and doors to the DeFreeze family.
Mike Nelson, President of the NAACP told Golston Dr. Reverend Larry W. Howard, the Senior Pastor for the Historic Greater Friendship Baptist Church is willing to offer the family his facility, which seats 900 people.
Ariel Bell, Alianna’s relative, says she originally chose the ‘Civic Conference and Events Center’ because it is able to house a large number of people.
According to the facility’s website, at least 1,500 guests can be accommodated.
However, Tuesday night while working to finalize the event with “The Civic,” the family was informed no one would be available Saturday to open the building — citing staffing issues — Bell says.
Pastor Tony Williams of the River of Life Ministries offered his Euclid church for the funeral, for free as well.
An elder with the Word Church as well as Covenant Community Church are offering funeral services.
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