Entries from around the country, spanning as far as Ohio, have filled the internet Raleigh Rucker Funeral Home guest book of 2-year-old murder victim Sasha Ray.
Hundreds attended the Decatur toddler’s funeral on Nov. 27. She was stabbed to death by her 13-year-old half sister, Tyasia Jackson, who was babysitting Sasha and three other siblings ages 3, 4 and 5.
Jackson reportedly told the three other children to go upstairs in the townhome where the family lived while keeping Sasha downstairs and stabbed to death.
Police later arrested and charged Jackson with murder as an adult, but it is unclear if she will be tried as an adult.
The DeKalb District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case and has not reached a decision, said Erik Burton, a spokesman for the D.A.
Meanwhile, the case has become a hot topic everywhere. Many radio listeners of the Al Sharpton Show weighed in on the matter recently, urging DeKalb officials to try Jackson as a minor—not an adult. Many said as a 13-year-old, Jackson may have cracked under the pressures of babysitting so many small children at the same time. Support for Jackson, the toddler and the family as a whole has come on the internet as well.
“This has made me cry so hard. I can’t even imagine the pain your family is going through. I’m so sorry for your loss,” wrote Melisa Barnes of Gadsden, Alabama.
“I still can’t get over your loss, my God, my God what a terrible thing your family must endure. My heart and prayers go out to your family, for both daughters. May God be with you,” said Tawanda Adams, of North Carolina.
The day of the murder, Jackson had gotten into trouble earlier in the day because a neighbor saw a boy go to her home while her parents, Shelton and Haneefa Ray, were away. The neighbor went to the home and found the boy hiding in the closet and told him he had to leave, according to Shelton Ray. Shelton Ray said Jackson feared Sasha was going to tell the boy was in their home.
The Rays came home around noon, after receiving a call from Jackson that her youngest sibling was missing. They searched for Sasha and eventually found her bloodied body in the back yard. Shelton Ray said she died in his arms on the way to the hospital.
A makeshift memorial of stuffed animals, balloons and flowers was erected in front of the family’s home on Waldrop Trail.
“My heart goes out to the Ray family. This family, this community, is going to need a lot of prayer this holiday season,” said LaTonya Marsh, who lives in a subdivision near the family. “Sasha has earned her wings sooner than we did. We mourn her loss, but you have to remember that Sasha is resting peacefully with our Heavenly Father now.”