Family and friends say final goodbye to Katrina Smith - – Rockford’s News Leader

Family and friends say final goodbye to Katrina Smith


Hundreds of community members pay their respects to Katrina Smith, as she is laid in her final resting place.

Family and loved ones gather to say their final goodbyes. Including her step daughters, who take time to share memories of her at the ceremony.

One particular group, mourns in a different way. By riding.

"We have about 25 members from our local hog chapter that come out here today just to show respect for Katrina," said Hank Nance, one of the riders.

At least two more biker groups are in attendance...Bringing the number of two wheeled supporters to about 75.

They also come to support a fellow enthusiast, Katrina's step-brother Chad. Chad is on a leave of absence from his training with army's special operations. He has been in Rockford since the search for his sister began.

"He has indicated he is very thankful that we've had a lot of people from motorcycle community that have come out to show support," said Nance.

The bikers lead the funeral procession to bring Katrina to her final resting place, at Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery.


Friends say Katrina was a fun, energetic young woman. Her family welcomes the public to pay their respects too.

"The community came together for another senseless death. I was very close to the family, at least part of it," said Bradley Henry. "This just adds to the grief of Rockford."

They say they're thankful for the support the community has shown in the past weeks.

"I'm just glad everybody came out today and did their part. Even if it was to carry a flag or throw a flower or say they loved her if they know her or didn't know her," said Henry

Katrina's body was found south of Byron nearly three weeks after she went missing. An autopsy confirms her death was a murder. And her killer, has not yet been found.

Her cause of death is blunt force trauma. Police are still taking a closer look into the night she disappeared.

The family chose to hold the funeral services at Heartland church, where Katrina worked with youth groups.

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