Those at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in East Chicago today cried for a young woman they say was intelligent, kind and compassionate. 19 year old Afrikka Hardy was found strangled in a Hammond, Indiana Motel 6 last month. investigators say suspected serial killer Darren Vann confessed to murdering her and six others.
Her family traveled from Colorado for the funeral and to receive her ashes. The church and Divinity Funeral Home footed the bill, as the hardy family could not. Authorities say Vann hired a prostitute online and and arranged to meet the young woman at the motel.
Those at the services had a hard time making sense of the events of the past few weeks. Vann had confessed after leading police to the bodies of six murder victims stashed in abandoned homes in Gary. Hardy's was discovered by a friend. This week, Vann pleaded not guilty to two of the killings, including Hardy's.