Published May 6, 2016
ALBUQUERQUE – Hundreds of members of the American Indian community gathered to mourn the death of Ashlynne Mike at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Courtyard in Albuquerque on Thursday night. While they mourned her tragic death, the event also honored and celebrated Ashlynne’s life. The 11-year-old Navajo girl was brutally sexually assaulted and murdered on the Navajo Indian Reservation near Shiprock Pinnacle on Monday afternoon.
Thursday night’s solemn event was sponosored by the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women. Many of those in attendance wore yellow, which was Ashlynne’s favorite color.
The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women team has been receiving donations of money, along with pottery, jewelry, food, blankets and other goods that will be given to the Mike family.
Prayers and songs were shared in Ashlynne’s honor.
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