Worship center holds community prayer service to honor Avon mom Najah Ferrell

Family and friends gather at Bethel Family Worship Center in Indianapolis to remember Avon mother Najah Ferrell. (WTHR Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The family of missing Avon mother Najah Farrell spoke publicly for the first time since the gruesome discovery of what could turn out to be some of her remains.

Najah's mother, sister, aunt and other family members took part in a community prayer service Sunday evening.

The service started with praise songs to celebrate Najah Ferrell's life, highlighted by a video featuring Najah on the Bethel Family Worship Center dance team.

Senior Pastor Russell Hylton organized the service after hearing from so many people who knew her and even strangers who were concerned about what happened to the 30-year-old mother of two.

"One month ago, approximately, she came up missing and a lot of things have turned up, and it's been very difficult for the family," said Pastor Hylton.

This is a difficult case because Avon police now await DNA results to confirm remains found in a Crown Point, Indiana pond belonging to Najah.

Sadly, the coroner ruled likely she's no longer alive. Pastor Hylton took up a collection during the service saying 100 percent of the donations will go to help for the care of Najah's two young sons.

They are also collecting donations on the church's website and Facebook page. Najah's sister even started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the boys.

Najah's fiancé also attended the community prayer service.

The crowd heard from Najah’s mother, sister and aunt.

During the service the church handed out bracelets marked #JusticeForNajah. Her mother shared what has helped them stay strong.

Paula Gholson said, "Prayers, love, support, whatever they've done to help us to be able to stand here."

Avon Assistant Police Chief Brian Nugent also addressed the crowd. His investigators still needing the public's help with clues saying nothing is too small.

We still need somebody that knows something to give that opportunity and give us a call to crime stoppers and let us know what they know," explained Assistant Police Chief Brian Nugent.

As Nugent and his investigators hope for more tips, people at the prayer service placed battery operated miniature candles on the altar to honor Najah. The missing woman's mother ended up being the very last person to place her candle among the hundreds of others on the altar.

Anyone with information on the case can call crime stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS. All calls to the tip line are confidential.

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