A 6-year-old girl who was killed when her mother allegedly drove drunk and crashed into a pole in Stanislaus County has been laid to rest.
Elliana Davila’s funeral mass took place in Turlock Thursday morning, and dozens of friends and family members paid their respects.
Under the stained glass at Sacred Heart Church in Turlock, among rows of pink and white flowers, a teddy bear and pictures of 6-year-old Elliana Davila, loved ones too grief-stricken to speak with us said their last goodbyes to a girl described as spunky and full of light.
“Now, in God, in Christ, she is alive,” the priest said during the mass.
At one point during Thursday’s mass, the priest addressed the girl’s parents, who walked into the church behind their daughter’s casket hand-in-hand. Her mother 27-year-old Angelica Castellanos-Davila is out on bail.
“Don’t forget that Jesus is with you. That Jesus is walking with you,” the priest added.
The girl died on Albers Road in Modesto, where now a bouquet of wilted white and pink flowers and toys lie.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Castellanos-Davila allegedly drove drunk. She lost control and flipped her Hyundai several times back on January 10 around 4:30 in the morning.
They said the little girl was either not buckled up properly or not buckled up at all when she was ejected from her mother’s car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Castellanos-Davila has since been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and willful cruelty to a child resulting in death.
For now, the dozens of loved ones who have been touched by little Ellianna’s life remembered the sweet girl and the times they had with her.
“She’s present there with you, wherever you go,” the priest said to the attendees.
Castellanos-Davila is due back in court in March for a pretrial hearing.