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Services Set For Willow Long



Services are set for 7-year-old Willow Long of Watson, Illinois who prosecutors allege was stabbed to death by an uncle.

Authorities say Long was killed late Saturday or early Sunday near her home in Watson in Effingham County.

22-year-old Justin DeRyke is facing three counts of first-degree murder.

Authorities say he told investigators he killed his niece to end her suffering after she accidentally fell onto a brush pile and pierced her neck with a stick.

Willow's services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Effingham, followed by private burial.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Effingham High School.

DeRyke remains jailed on five-million dollars bond and is hiring an attorney.