Community shows up in numbers for Latania Janell Carwell's Funer - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Community shows up in numbers for Latania Janell Carwell's Funeral

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Almost every parking spot was filled at the Greater Young Zion Baptist Church on Saturday. It wasn't a Sunday service but tears were shed in sadness and happiness as some would say an angel by the name of Latania Janell Carwell has joined God.

"Today I got a little closure. I felt the spirit come up off my shoulder and released some tears because I knew she was home in a better place," says Ray Montana. 

Montana is a community activist with Street Justice and has been at the forefront of many community searches for Latania since the 16-year-old went missing last April. "Janell united the city. Without any racial barriers or anything of that nature she united the city," says Montana. 

 Last month, In the wooded backyard of a home on Golden Camp Road her remains were found… almost 2 miles away from her home. Still… many questions remain that Montana hopes will get answered.

"How did she pass away? Was it (Leon) Tripp that killed her or the mama that killed her?"

As it stands, the District Attorney is seeking the Death Penalty against the Stepfather Leon Trip regarding Latania's Murder. Tanya Tripp, her mother is also facing charges in aiding Leon. And as both sit behind bars, Ray's message is simple.

"We got you, exactly how we said we were going to get you. When you thought we weren't going to get you, we got you and we never gave up on Janell," he says.

Because not giving up on finding her can give many people peace. "It brought us closure. That's why we're here today, that's why we got these shirts on because she will be remembered in our lives for the rest of our lives," says Montana.

Montana's Street Justice says they are planning a Janell Jam next weekend at the Henry Brigham Center for all kids. He says he also has a meeting with the Mayor next week about renaming Golden Camp Road, where her remains were found to Janell Golden Camp Road. FOX 54 will keep you updated on how that goes. 

Copyright 2018 WFXG. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • City of Grovetown fire hydrant testing

    City of Grovetown fire hydrant testing

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 9:59 AM EDT2018-09-19 13:59:57 GMT
    City of Grovetown Annual Fire Hydrant Testing & Flushing (Source: WFXG)City of Grovetown Annual Fire Hydrant Testing & Flushing (Source: WFXG)

    The City of Grovetown’s Fire Department personnel will conduct a test of two fire hydrants on or near Robin Lane Tuesday, September 25, 2018, between 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm.   These tests will be conducted late at night to minimize the impact to citizens. As is the case whenever hydrants are flushed or tested, residents in the affected areas may experience low water pressure and cloudy or brown water during the testing.   The water discoloration is not harm...

    More >>

    The City of Grovetown’s Fire Department personnel will conduct a test of two fire hydrants on or near Robin Lane Tuesday, September 25, 2018, between 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm.   These tests will be conducted late at night to minimize the impact to citizens. As is the case whenever hydrants are flushed or tested, residents in the affected areas may experience low water pressure and cloudy or brown water during the testing.   The water discoloration is not harm...

    More >>
  • High 5 4 Kids: Nathaniel Smith

    High 5 4 Kids: Nathaniel Smith

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 8:11 AM EDT2018-09-19 12:11:29 GMT

    Meet the next High 5 4 Kids Recipient Nathaniel Smith.

    More >>

    Meet the next High 5 4 Kids Recipient Nathaniel Smith.

    More >>
  • Aiken Parks and Rec. presents Trunk or Treat

    Aiken Parks and Rec. presents Trunk or Treat

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 7:28 AM EDT2018-09-19 11:28:33 GMT
    City of Aiken Trunk or Treat will be Saturday, Oct 27 at Citizens ParkCity of Aiken Trunk or Treat will be Saturday, Oct 27 at Citizens Park
    City of Aiken Trunk or Treat will be Saturday, Oct 27 at Citizens ParkCity of Aiken Trunk or Treat will be Saturday, Oct 27 at Citizens Park
    Join the Aiken City Parks and Rec. Department on Saturday, October 27 from 3-6 PM at Citizens Park in Fields 1-5 for Truck or Treat! This event will include music, a costume parade, carnival games, and food.  Admission for kids 12 years of age and younger are just $1. Cash is preferred for entrance and food purchases.  No pets are allowed at this event.  For more information, please call 803-642-7634.  Copyright 2018 WFXG. All rights reserved.More >>
    Join the Aiken City Parks and Rec. Department on Saturday, October 27 from 3-6 PM at Citizens Park in Fields 1-5 for Truck or Treat! This event will include music, a costume parade, carnival games, and food.  Admission for kids 12 years of age and younger are just $1. Cash is preferred for entrance and food purchases.  No pets are allowed at this event.  For more information, please call 803-642-7634.  Copyright 2018 WFXG. All rights reserved.More >>
Powered by Frankly