SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WKRN) – A medical examiner has ruled a 7-year-old Kentucky girl’s death a homicide.
Gabriella “Gabbi” Doolin’s body was discovered Saturday night in a creek near Allen County Scottsville High School, about 65 miles northeast of Nashville.
Authorities said Gabbi was reported missing by her mother from a little league football game earlier in the day.
The second grader was found in a small stream of water behind the school’s baseball field after a massive search around the school a short time later, police said.
“[She was] a carefree little girl. She never did nothing to nobody,” Gabby’s brother Alec said. “I’m going to miss how she was always so happy about everything no matter what was going on, she was always happy and made everybody feel better. I miss her.”
Her cause of death was not immediately released and police have not named a suspect. The investigation is ongoing.
“I know justice will come in the end, but we want it before then,” her father Brian said. “If you’ve got babies at home, I’d sure hold them, hug them, kiss them every chance you get.”
On Sunday night, a few hundred people gathered at Scottsville’s town square to remember the elementary school student.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Gabbi’s family with funeral expenses.
Her visitation will be Tuesday at Goad Funeral Home in Kentucky beginning at 5 p.m.and her funeral at 1 p.m. Thursday. Her burial at Allen County Memorial Gardens will follow.
Gabbi is survived by her parents, two brothers, grandparents and other extended family members. She attended Allen County Primary Center.
Superintendent Randall Jackson said crisis counselors will be available to students upon their return to school Tuesday.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Doolin family. Our school family and community is coming together at this difficult time and will continue to do so in the days and weeks ahead,” he said in a release.
Anyone wishing to make expressions of love and condolences to the Doolin Family can do so through an account that has been established at South Central Bank in the account name of “Memorial Fund for the Family of Gabriella Doolin.”
All funds received in this account will be used to honor the memory of Gabbi and to benefit her immediate family; Brian, Amy, Alec and Chance Doolin.
All locations of South Central Bank can accept these expressions. The toll free number is 1-888-651-7466.