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Published on February 22, 2024
Livingston's Heartache as 'Bright Smile' Audrii Cunningham Laid to Rest; Alleged Murderer Charged, Community MournsSource: Texas Department of Public Safety

Livingston, TX - The tight-knit community of Livingston is preparing to say their final goodbyes to Audrii Danielle Cunningham, the 11-year-old girl whose disappearance led to a heart-wrenching search. Tragically, the extensive efforts to locate Audrii came to a somber end Tuesday when her body was discovered in the Trinity River near the U.S. Highway 59 Bridge.

Don Steven McDougal, 42, has been charged with capital murder in connection to Audrii's death. In a statement obtained by FOX San Antonio, officials detailed the charges. As this small town attempts to grapple with the loss, arrangements for her funeral are being finalized, provided by Pace Funeral Home.

According to AOL News, visitation is to be held on Friday, March 1 from 5-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, located at 106 Colt Road. The community will gather to honor Cunningham's life the following morning, Saturday, March 2, with a Rosary at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, located at 2590 Highway 190 West, where a Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow.

The Livingston VFW has opened its doors to receive memorial contributions in Audrii's honor, a gesture rooted in the girl's affection for the veterans' organization and its members. "Audrii loved them and what they stood for, and they loved the beautiful little girl with a bright smile and wonderful personality," said VFW members, longing to somehow pay tribute to her memory. Donations can be made through Venmo @VFW8568, located at 4951 Highway 190 West in Livingston. The tight bond between the VFW and the young girl was heartfelt, as echoed through their sentiments shared with FOX San Antonio.

Audrii was reported missing after failing to disembark her school bus on February 15th, triggering a relentless search by Polk County authorities. The tragic outcome has left a community mourning and searching for answers in the face of unspeakable grief. The funeral marks a poignant moment for Livingston to come together in support of the Cunningham family and to remember a life taken far too soon.