Coroner: Teen Girl Found in Park was Hit, Stabbed

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A 13-year-old girl was stabbed, couldn’t breathe and was hit in the head, according to a report from the coroner.

Jessica Funk-Haslam was found dead in the dugout of the baseball field at Rosemont Park along Americana Way Tuesday morning.

The Sacramento Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy on Funk-Haslam, and found she died from a combination of blunt force head trauma, asphyxia and a stab wound to the neck.

Parents, neighbors and students from Albert Einstein Middle School, where Funk-Haslam attended, are invited to a community meeting Thursday night hosted by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Atonement Church.

The community held a vigil to remember Funk-Haslam Wednesday night. The girl’s mother attended, and said she last saw Jessica Monday night after an argument.

“She was wanting to go out see somebody. She wouldn’t tell me who. And yes, I got mad because I said it was getting dark,” said Tara Funk-Haslam.

Investigators are still asking for the public’s help in identifying where the 13-year-old went after she left her house Monday night.

A community meeting was scheduled Thursday night, after a second vigil, at a local church where residents are hungry for information. They want to know if their families are in danger.

“I just don’t want my son to ever go out again,” said Chrissy Pond, whose son in almost 12 years old.

Pond believes budget cuts are to blame because there is not enough deputies to patrol parks and streets. She thinks there will be more questions than answers.

“It’s to vent.  Let’s hope a little girl’s death is enough for the county or the city to do something,” said Pond.

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