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Funeral to be held Monday for slain Georgia girl

From Dania Alexandrino, for CNN
updated 10:26 PM EST, Sun December 11, 2011
A service was held Saturday in Canton, Georgia, for Jorelys Rivera, 7. She will be buried Tuesday in Puerto Rico.
A service was held Saturday in Canton, Georgia, for Jorelys Rivera, 7. She will be buried Tuesday in Puerto Rico.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jorelys Rivera's father says he is "relieved" to have her back in Puerto Rico
  • Girl, 7, will be buried in Penuelas on Tuesday, he says
  • Child disappeared December 2 and was found dead three days later
  • 20-year-old maintenance worker is accused of killing her

San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN) -- The father of a 7-year-old girl abducted and killed near her north Georgia home this month said Sunday he is "relieved" to have his daughter back in Puerto Rico, where she will be buried this week.

A funeral for Jorelys Rivera will be held Monday in Penuelas, her father, Ricardo Galarza, said. The burial will take place Tuesday, he said.

Services were held Saturday for mourners in Georgia before her body was flown to Puerto Rico.

Galarza told CNN last week that he last saw his daughter two years ago, when she visited for the summer. She was supposed to visit for Christmas this year, Galarza said.

Jorelys disappeared December 2 near a playground at a Canton, Georgia, apartment complex. Searchers found her body in a trash bin three days later. Authorities have accused 20-year-old Ryan Brunn -- a maintenance worker at the complex -- of killing her.

Jorelys died of blunt force trauma to the head and was stabbed and sexually assaulted, according to authorities.

A date for Brunn's arraignment has not been set. David Cannon Sr., one of Brunn's court-appointed attorneys, has said that his client will plead not guilty.

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