Photos: Talaija Dorsey funeral

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Several hundred people walk from the church to the burial site after attending 12-year-old Talaija Dorsey's funeral Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in St. James. Many attendees wore purple because it was Talaija's favorite color.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Terance Dorsey, right, the biological father of Talaija Dorsey, is a pall bearer for his daughter's funeral Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Many attendees wore purple because it was Talaija's favorite color.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Terance Dorsey, right, the biological father of Talaija Dorsey, is a pall bearer for his daughter's funeral Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Many attendees wore purple because it was Talaija's favorite color.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. gives his condolences to Talaija Dorsey's mother, Emma Smith, during her funeral Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in St. James. Martin discovered Talaija's body behind a patch of grass at the edge of a cane field off Louisiana 3127.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- A "Hello Kitty" doll is nestled in the arrangement atop Talaija Dorsey's casket, a subtle reminder of Dorsey's young age.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Mourners comfort each other during the funeral for 12-year-old Talaija Dorsey on Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in St. James.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- A packed church and pulpit rise to sing during the funeral for Talaija Dorsey on Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in St. James.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Terance Dorsey, biological father of Talaija Dorsey, mourns at Talaija's funeral on Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in St. James.