Trinity Love Jones, 9-year-old found dead in duffel bag, celebrated at memorial service

PHOTO: A police sketch and then photo of Trinity Love Jones.PlayLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department
WATCH 9-year-old girl found dead in duffel bag celebrated at memorial service

The short life of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, whose body was found in a duffel bag in Hacienda Heights, California, was celebrated at an interfaith memorial service on Monday.

Mourners gathered at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in front of a small, pastel casket topped with white and pink flowers.

Those attending Monday's service in Hacienda Heights were invited to wear bright, cheerful colors to celebrate Trinity's "young and vibrant life," her father, Antonio Jones, said on Facebook.

PHOTO: Mourners attend a memorial service for Trinity Love Jones, March 25, 2019, in Hacienda Heights, Calif. ABC News
Mourners attend a memorial service for Trinity Love Jones, March 25, 2019, in Hacienda Heights, Calif.
PHOTO: Dozens of tributes at a large memorial to Trinity Love Jones, a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag along a suburban Los Angeles equestrian trail, in Hacienda Heights, Calif, March 11, 2019 in this file photo. Reed Saxon/AP
Dozens of tributes at a large memorial to Trinity Love Jones, a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag along a suburban Los Angeles equestrian trail, in Hacienda Heights, Calif, March 11, 2019 in this file photo.

Trinity's body was discovered by county workers on March 5 near an equestrian trail.

She was unidentified at the time and investigators released sketches as they urged the public to help identify her.

PHOTO: Authorities are asking for the publics help as they investigate the death of a little girl whose body was found near a Los Angeles equestrian trail. LA County Sheriffs Office
Authorities are asking for the public's help as they investigate the death of a little girl whose body was found near a Los Angeles equestrian trail.

Trinity's mother, Taquesta Graham, and Graham's boyfriend, Emiel Lamar Hunt, have been arrested and are accused of killing the little girl.

"Destruction and darkness will inevitably occur. But it will not extinguish the life of Jesus Christ," the Rev. Egren Gomez said at Monday's service. "Today Trinity comes down from heaven and blesses the darkness with her eternal light."

PHOTO: Mourners attend a memorial service for Trinity Love Jones, March 25, 2019, in Hacienda Heights, Calif. ABC News
Mourners attend a memorial service for Trinity Love Jones, March 25, 2019, in Hacienda Heights, Calif.
PHOTO: A police sketch and then photo of Trinity Love Jones. Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department
A police sketch and then photo of Trinity Love Jones.

Trinity was "a unique, gifted, charismatic, beautiful, life of the party young girl" who suffered a "premature" death, Pastor Darnell Hammock said at the service.

"I have no answer for why," he said.

PHOTO: Mourners attend a memorial service for Trinity Love Jones, March 25, 2019, in Hacienda Heights, Calif. ABC News
Mourners attend a memorial service for Trinity Love Jones, March 25, 2019, in Hacienda Heights, Calif.

"This precious 9-year-old girl at her own celebration of life has been able to gather people from all walks of life. Something has to be said about this brilliant young life with the capacity to transcend generational borders and surpass economic, religious and even political party affiliations," Hammock said. "Those who know her well would argue they're not surprised about the surplus of people in attendance today."

Funeral attendees were also invited to bring a new children's book to be donated in Trinity's memory to children in need, Trinity's father said.

The service will be followed by a burial in Rowland Heights.

Friends and family will then meet at the Hacienda Heights Community Center "where food, love and memories of Trinity Love Jones will be shared," said Antonio Jones.

Graham and Hunt are due to appear in court on April 16.

Authorities have not disclosed Trinity's cause of death.