NEW YORK — People who never knew Elizabeth Steinberg in life today mourned the battered 6-year-old at her funeral as a symbol of "innocence struck down."
"There's a particular pain in the death of Lisa," the Rev. Kevin O'Brien said. "Innocence and suffering should not go together."
"There is a great sadness across this city," said O'Brien, who conducted the joint Roman Catholic-Jewish service with Rabbi Dennis Math.
Elizabeth was found Nov. 2, beaten and comatose in the Greenwich Village apartment of a couple who claimed they had adopted her. The couple, Joel Steinberg and Hedda Nussbaum, have been charged with murder. Steinberg is a lawyer and his wife, also an apparent victim of battering, once was a successful editor of children's books.