KANSAS CITY, Mo. - From carrots in the mums, to a fitting song, young and old remembered Ella the deer at a memorial Saturday.
Dozens crowded around her donated tombstone at Elmwood Cemetery. People wiped away tears while a line of children sang the lyric from a familiar song, "Doe, a deer, a female deer."
People said they weren't honoring Ella above any lost people, but honoring the calming creature who had comforted them when they were mourning their own lost loved ones.
Ella had lived at the cemetery for a few years until she was shot and killed. She was so friendly, many had not only seen her but petted and played with her.
Young Atticus Straley had met Ella a few times with his mother.
"Ella wasn't like other deer," he said. "Most deer are really scared of people. Ella just wasn't. She had a lot of courage."
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