Loved ones said farewell Friday to a Phenix City woman found dead inside her apartment. 26-year-old Caneya Webb's funeral served as a vessel for a larger message.
A music-filled ceremony rang out at the Faith Worship Center in Columbus as hundreds came to show their love for Caneya, who was described as jubilant and full of good nature Shaw High School teacher Mr. Ceasar says, "There was a radiance about her, a positive energy. She had a smile so bright that she could light up a classroom better than Georgia Power."
Her boyfriend Curtis Newsome is in custody, charged with her murder, and her family is using the incident to raise questions about today's society.
Caneya's mother Latunja Webb Dunham told the audience, "I'm hurt. I want to know why. I know all my uncles, cousins, they want to hurt him. I got a lot of phone calls saying they want to hurt him, but we've got to move on for 'Neya and just leave everything to God."
Dr. Sandra Anderson gave an inspired eulogy, turning the service into more of a revival discussing the state of the young generation than a somber funeral. She said, "Today is Candy. Tomorrow it's you. Some of y'all are in abusive relationships right now. He done hit you on both sides of your head, but you still love him."
The funeral took on a new direction when Dr. Anderson called for the young people in the audience to come and be saved. A number of the guests came to the front of the church, including Caneya's brother and cousins.
Her father Willie Wilbur, Jr. says, "It shows that my daughter meant a lot to everybody. I'm just very proud of her."
Her mother added, "It came about positive. It was a positive note for everyone, the young generation, so I'm at peace now."
And grandmother Zelzie Bryant remarked, "A lot of people knew her, and the fact that young people came to Christ today, that just blessed my heart tremendously."
The service ended in smiles and hope for the future.
Caneya is survived by a five-year-old son and three- and four-year-old daughters. She was buried at Evergreen Memorial Garden.
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