Questions remain surrounding 6-year-old Jadianna Larsen's death. Her family says her absence from school should've raised a red flag.
"Normally, our niece is in school every day, whatever reason she wasn't in school right now is the reason why this happened to her," Paris Stokes, Jadianna's maternal uncle, said. "It's all foul play and her family had nothing to do with it, the boyfriend of our sister is the only relation to this crime."
The Sacramento City Unified School District defends the actions of staff at Green Bowling Charter School in South Sacramento.
"Generally speaking, our schools are going above and beyond what's required with regards to communicating with family," Gabe Ross, SCUSD spokesperson, said.
In a statement the district said:
"Throughout the school year, school and district staff went above and beyond in attempts to support Jadianna's family and remove the barriers that kept Jadianna from attending school regularly. These interventions included phone calls home, letters, several family meetings at school and a visit to Jadianna's home."
Meanwhile, little ones like Valencia Saephanh learned on Monday that one of their classmates wouldn't be going back to school. When asked what she was like, Valencia replied: "smart and nice."
Mayola Ramirez's son attends the same school Jadianna did. She said the school is quick to communicate with her when her son misses school unexcused.
"If for any reason I can't let them know, they call me," Ramirez said.
She was one of the many who stopped by Jadianna's memorial to extend her condolences. Ramirez drop off a teddy bear and her wish that the little girl can now rest in peace.