Updated: Sheriff's Dept. to Hold Community Meeting Thursday

A community meeting will be held to discuss the homicide of 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department will hold a community meeting on Thursday to discuss information about the murder of 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam whose body was found Tuesday morning at .

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at , 9242 Kiefer Blvd. Homicide Sergeant Jim Barnes will conduct the meeting and share information with the Rosemont community.

The goal of the meeting is for the homicide bureau to discuss information regarding the homicide and answer some questions from the community. They are looking for community input and to share what information they can.

Sheriff’s spokesman Jason Ramos said no suspects have been identified yet, but deputies are looking at all avenues and theories. Detectives have interviewed Funk-Haslam’s family, friends and social circles.

Although Ramos said there was “obvious trauma at the scene,” the Sheriff’s Department will not release Funk-Haslam’s cause of death.

“We are not going to divulge something that might compromise the investigation,” he said. “We will not release something soon regarding the cost or manner in which she died. That’s something the suspect would know.”

Ramos said Funk-Haslam was not reported as missing. He said he does not know why her family did not report her missing Monday night.

Funk-Haslam was a student at . The Sacramento City Unified School District released this statement:

“We are saddened and deeply troubled by the loss of a promising young student. We continue to assist the Sheriff’s Office with their investigation and to provide support to the Albert Einstein school community as they struggle to cope with this horrific news. School officials communicated information about this tragedy to families and staff via automated phone calls. Crisis counselors were dispatched to the campus first thing this morning. Our hearts go out to this child’s family and friends in their time of grief.”  

The ’s president Doug Haaland also released this statement:

“We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Jessica’s family and we hope that the simple act of offering our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time will become a source of comfort and strength in the days that lay ahead. Our sadness at the loss of a child so young with so much potential strikes at the very heart of our community and we trust that those responsible for this heinous act will be swiftly brought to justice.”

Update, noon on Thursday:

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office said Jessica died of blunt force trauma, asphyxiation and from being stabbed:

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has confirmed that Jessica L. Funk-Haslam of Sacramento (DOB: 5/31/98) died from combined blunt force head trauma, asphyxia and stab wound of the neck.

No further information will be released at this time due to the active homicide investigation.

Vanessa Standley March 08, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Does anyone remember what it was like when they were 13, 14, 15 years old. I do!! Yes, it seems she may have been troubled and looking for independence but teenagers rebel. The behavior doesn't warrant the action. She made a mistake and a killer took advantage of it. Instead of casting judgements and looking for the would have and should have, we need to focus on catching the monster that is still at large and probably looking for their next victim.
Julie A. Thompson March 09, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I am a single parent and have raised two sons in this community and they are now 22 and 18. Yes, I remember and also remember my parents and guardians talking to me and telling me the dangers. We need to parent and not be afraid. I also work in the criminal justice field and know that something is just not right about this story. There is a big chunk of information not being released and that is par for the course, when investigating a crime of this magnitude. There is a chance that things are not as they appear. This is a good time to educate our children.
Michaela Brown March 09, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I heard there was an arrest at the Church yesterday evening at the meeting. Is this related to the case?
Cody Kitaura March 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Michaela, I was there and I don't think any arrests were made at the meeting. The sheriff's department spokesman said he hasn't heard of any arrests being made, either.
Michaela Brown March 10, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Thank You Cody.


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