SHEFFIELD TWP. — Julie St. Clair dabbed her eyes with a handful of tissues as the pastor spoke.
Just a few feet away, the pearl-white casket containing the body of her 8-month-old son was open, with three pictures of Jayden Davidson hanging from the metal edge of the lid.
“I am happy because Jayden is no longer suffering,” said the Rev. Ruben Rodriguez, of the Christ Pentecostal Missionary Church in Lorain. Rodriguez then looked toward the St. Clair family sitting in soft, red couches in front of him.
“I see sorrow in the eyes of the family, but I also see hope,” he said. “Hope that they will be able to get through this sad time.”
Jayden died June 26 of severe head and brain injuries in what police have ruled a homicide. The primary suspect in the death, 24-year-old Kevin Kimbrough, who was baby-sitting Jayden the day he died, is in the county jail on an unrelated charge.
About 40 family members and friends listened to the service Tuesday at Wyers Funeral Chapel on North Ridge Road in Sheffield Township.
Crying mothers held their own babies tight during the service, leaving their seat from time to time to pace in the lobby of the funeral home until they felt ready to come back in.
After the 20-minute service, only immediate family members were allowed to make the seven-mile drive to Evergreen Cemetery in South Amherst, where St. Clair said her final goodbyes and her youngest son was laid to rest.
A memorial fund has been set up in Jayden’s name at Lorain National Bank, 457 Broadway, Lorain.
Contact Adam Wright at 329-7151 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jayden Davidson’s casket is taken to the hearse at the end of the funeral service at Wyers Funeral Chapel on North Ridge Road in Sheffield Township.