Community gathers for vigil held outside apartment where Maleah Davis lived

By Sally Mamdooh - Reporter

HOUSTON - The community gathered for a vigil held outside the apartment where 4-year-old Maleah Davis was last seen alive. Community members were heartbroken over the latest findings in the case surrounding the discovery of child remains in Hope, Arkansas, on Friday.

“She was a child. She didn’t even have the chance to fight to live,” said Shequoy Perez. 

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee attended the vigil and dropped a teddy bear outside Maleah's apartment.

“We’ve lost a little one where the last time we saw her, she had on a tutu,” Jackson said. 

Tuesday marked exactly a month since Maleah was first reported missing. The search sparked widespread interest and questions about a possible link with Maleah's stepfather, Derion Vence. 

On Friday, the investigation led to a remote area in the town of Hope, where a bag containing a child's remains was found near a road. Those remains were taken back to Houston on Friday evening and are being tested to determine if they are Maleah's. 

Though Houston police said they are waiting for an official confirmation, they believe the remains could be those of Maleah. 

KPRC legal analyst Brian Wice said Quanell X’s statement to the media Friday regarding Vence’s confession of where he dumped the body could hurt the case rather than help if a judge decides Vence’s confession to Quanell X is not admissible in court. 

“It’s ultimately up to the judge to conclude whether the statement is voluntary and a jury can consider it,” Wice said.

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