East Texans began to say goodbye Tuesday to a little girl whose story has gripped the area.

Thousands attended visitation services at Stewart Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, showing their love and support for Kayla Gomez-Orozco's family.

Before the service was scheduled to begin, hundreds already were lining up and traffic was backed up down Old Jacksonville Highway.

Friends, family, neighbors, Kayla’s teachers and classmates and strangers came to lend the family strength as they prepared to lay their baby girl to rest.

The family received everyone who wished to give condolences. Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lane’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 8720 Old Jacksonville Highway. After the service, Kayla will be interred at Rose Lawn Cemetery on Blue Mountain Boulevard, near Jack Elementary School where she was in fourth grade.

Anyone wishing to send condolences can leave a comment on the Tylerpaper Facebook or send them to, and they will be added to a digital guestbook for the family.


Messages of support from the community

We would like to give the family all our deepest condolences. We send you a huge hug and we’re praying for you at all times

- Brenda Rodriguez


We pray that god will continue to strengthen the family and know that he has taken Kayla into his arms.

- Rev. Orenthia Mason


Kayla, you have made such a huge impact on the community. You will never be forgotten. Sending my love to the family and anyone who had the opportunity to know her. May your sweet soul fly high.

- Tracie Gonzalez 


I think of you, Kayla’s family, daily. We pray for you daily and will continue to.

- Lael Lewis Banta


We love the Gomez family. We love you, we cherish you. We have loved praying with you and the relationships that we continue to build. We’re your security guards and detectives and we love you. You know that. We’ll never leave you and we’re right next-door. We love you with all of our hearts.

- Knollwood families


We’re praying for y’all to know that everything may be well. To know that god may bless you and strengthen you

 - From the apostolic alliance



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