Hundreds honor, celebrate life of 6-year-old Jenise Wright

SILVERDALE, Wash. - Several hundred people turned out for the memorial of 6-year-old Jenise Wright in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Silverdale Saturday.

Memories and moments were shared by Jenise's family, remembering her kindness, humor and loving heart.

With a sparkle in her eyes and a smile brighter than the sunshine, Jenise touched the hearts of everyone she knew, family members said.

"Jenise was a bright star in our life," Jenise's sister said.

The loss of Jenise's life and innocence rocked the community. Many at the memorial did not know Jenise, but say their hearts and resources go out to the Wright family.

Jenise Wright was found murdered on August 6, several days after she disappeared from her Bremerton-area home.

Gabriel Gaeta, 17, has been charged with first-degree murder with aggravating circumstances, felony murder and first-degree rape of a child.

Jenise was last seen when she went to bed on the night of Aug. 2. Her parents waited a day before calling for help because they say the girl had wandered around the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park on her own in the past.

By the end of the service, at least 300 gathered to honor Jenise.

Inside the church, all who showed signed a banner for the Wright family in remembrance of their 6-year-old daughter.