Services for 7 year old Willow Long will be held in her hometown of Watson, Illinois on Monday. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. A visitation is scheduled to take place Saturday at the Hearts Rock Cafe in Effingham High School from 5 to 9 p.m. Willow's uncle, 22 year old Justin DeRyke, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder. Prosecutors 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. DeRyke is being held on $5 million bond and hiring an attorney. He's set to appear again in court next Thursday.
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