MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – People in Watkins will come together Friday morning to say goodbye to Alayna Ertl.
A funeral is being held for the 5-year-old who was kidnapped and killed six days ago.READ MORE: Minnesota DNR Looking To Buy Black Spruce Pine Cones
Investigators arrested a family friend, Zach Anderson, in connection with her death. He has been charged with murder, criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.
A visitation was held Thursday evening; the line for which stretched around the block. For hours, mourners filed into the small funeral home as bubbles floated through the air.READ MORE: Gov. Walz Announces 1M Additional At-Home Test Kits & More Booster Opportunities For Parents
The visitation lasted until 8 p.m., and runs again Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. before her funeral.
The family asked our cameras not to go inside but we know the walls were filled with pictures of a happy little girl along with Alayna’s favorite toys.
School starts in Watkins after Labor Day and teachers said they will do what they can to help Alayna’s classmates cope.MORE NEWS: St. Anthony Police Search For Missing Girl, 16
Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral. It starts at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins.