CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
The Imani Temple Ministries on N. Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights will host the funeral for Alianna DeFreeze, the 14-year-old who was killed while walking to school on Jan. 26.
Alianna was last seen boarding an RTA bus to head to school. Her mother notified police that Alianna was missing after the school contacted her that afternoon saying Alianna had missed class.
Officers found Alianna’s body while canvassing the neighborhood on Jan. 29. Christopher Whitaker, a registered sex offender, was arrested in connection with her murder on Feb. 2.
The funeral was originally slated to be held at the New Spirit Revival Church. The church said it was due to staffing issues, but DeFreeze’s father, Damon, says that he moved locations because he didn’t want the church’s Pastor Darrell Scott to be the preacher. Scott is a supporter of President Donald Trump and has spoken out about him on numerous locations.
According to the Lucas Funeral Home, the funeral is now set to take place at the Imani Temple Ministries at 2463 N. Taylor Road. The wake will be from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the funeral will begin at 12:30 p.m.