Five-year-old La’Rayah Davis will be remembered this weekend at a candlelight vigil in Sonora after she died earlier this week in Las Vegas as a result of suspected child abuse.
The vigil will begin at 5 p.m. at the Heaven for Kids Playground on Greenley Road, according to a post on Facebook shared publicly by the girl’s father, Danaun Davis, of Sonora, who said everyone was welcome to attend.
The family picked the location because she reportedly enjoyed going to the nearby Tuolumne County Library main branch.
Davis, 26, said in a brief telephone interview with The Union Democrat on Friday that he left Sonora for Las Vegas about an hour after receiving a call informing him of his daughter’s death at about 6 p.m. Tuesday night.
La’Rayah’s mother, Amy Taylor, 25, and former NFL running back Cierre Wood, 28, were reportedly arrested by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police on Wednesday in connection with the girl’s death.
Wood was being held without bail as of Friday afternoon at Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on suspicion of first-degree murder and felony child abuse or neglect.
Taylor, who previously lived in Sonora, was also in custody at the jail Friday on suspicion felony child abuse or neglect.
The Las Vegas Justice Court’s website and an official at the Clark County Detention Center stated that Taylor had posted a $5,000 bond and was awaiting approval to be released on house arrest.
Davis said that Taylor was from Tuolumne County and they became a couple in 2012. He also said they have been separated since 2016, and that Wood was her current boyfriend.
La’Rayah’s death made national headlines following the arrest of Wood, whose NFL career includes brief stints with the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office stated that La’Rayah died on Tuesday at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas after suffering from “multiple blunt force injuries” at her home.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police declined to comment on Friday and referred questions about the case to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office.
No one at the Clark County DA’s Office was available to comment on Friday, though it confirmed via email that prosecutors had yet to file any murder charges.
The judge at Wood’s first court appearance on Thursday said she would be holding him for two days to give prosecutors time to file charges.
Davis, who reportedly attended Wood’s appearance in court, was at the airport awaiting a flight home on Friday after viewing his daughter’s body at a funeral home for the first time since her death.
“She looked peaceful,” he said. “It was very emotional to see that she was finally at peace and I don’t have to worry about her being harmed anymore.”
In an emotional interview on Thursday with KSNV News 3, Las Vegas, Davis said he last spoke with La’Rayah on Monday and told her he would see her in two weeks.
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