Dozens of friends and family members gathered Tuesday to remember Melinda Marie Brown, the 19-year-old from Simi Valley whose death is being investigated as a homicide.
More than 150 people attended funeral services for Brown at Reardon Simi Valley Mortuary. She was buried later in the day at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth.
Glen Jackson, pastor of Simi Valley Christian Church, presided over the service and urged Brown's loved ones to search for understanding.
"We anticipate burying our parents and our grandparents," he said, "but we don't anticipate burying our children."
Several of Brown's friends said they are still having a hard time accepting her death. "We're more confused than anything else," said Bennie Bridges, 22. "No one knows what to think."