Sabrina Ray laid to rest over a year after her death

Published: Oct. 1, 2018 at 7:06 AM CDT
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More than a year after she was found dead, a 16-year-old Iowa teen has been laid to rest.

Sabrina Ray was found dead May 12, 2017, weighing just 56 pounds. Medical examiners said her death was caused by severe malnutrition.

On Sunday a celebration of life was held for the girl known to have a goofy and infectious attitude.

Mark and Misty Ray adopted Sabrina Ray in 2013 and have been charged with first-degree murder in Sabrina Ray's death.

Before the memorial was held, Sabrina Ray's ashes sat on a shelf at Hastings Funeral Home for months until the Iowa Department of Human Services gave the biological family permission to get them.

Family members said they want everyone to remember their beloved Sabrina Ray for who she was, a "funny, fun-loving girl that loved life," and not for the tragic circumstances that led to her death.

The trial for the Rays is scheduled to begin in February.

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