The funeral was held Monday for 6-year-old Mirei Ikuta, whose dismembered body was found Sept 23 in bags dumped in a wooded area in Nagata Ward, Kobe, 12 days after she disappeared.
Ikuta's classmates and school officials attended the somber ceremony. TV media showed many children holding flowers as they arrived; some adults were in tears as they left the venue.
About 200 adults and children attended the funeral, media reported.
Ikuta's mother said her daughter only had six short years with her but said she will live forever in her heart, NHK reported. One man said he had come to see Ikuta off on her way to heaven.
Yasuhiro Kimino, 47, has been arrested with abandoning Ikuta's body.
Police last week found a bloodstain in his bathroom; a DNA test matched it with the victim's blood. Police also found the knife believed to have been used to cut up the girl's body in the apartment.
Kimino has so far refused to talk about the killing.© Japan Today