Barber pays tribute with special haircut for ‘Cupcake’ McKinney’s brother

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT/AP) — A local barber shaved a cupcake into Kamille McKinney’s big brother’s hair Saturday.

The barber, Jonathan Lee, says Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin specifically reached out to him, asking him to do this for the 11-year-old sibling of the little girl who was found dead.

Lee said it was his honor.

“It meant the world to me because it’s a tragic situation and the family right now needs all the encouragement, all the love, all the letters, posters, artwork, prayers, anything they need right now and I feel like my gift was a good contribute,” Lee said.

Meanwhile, Sunday hundreds of people have packed an Alabama church for the funeral of a girl who police say was killed after her Oct. 12 kidnapping from a Birmingham birthday party.

The funeral of 3-year-old McKinney began Sunday afternoon at New Beginning Christian Ministry in Birmingham.

The crowd filled the 700-seat church less than 10 miles from a public housing project where the girl known as “Cupcake” was abducted. A fellowship hall was used to seat the overflow of mourners.

The child’s body was found amid garbage 10 days later. Authorities have charged a man and a woman with kidnapping and capital murder in her death.

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