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Jade Morris stabbed over 40 times

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By Joe Bartels

LAS VEGAS (KLAS/CNN) - A Las Vegas family is preparing to say their final goodbyes to a 10-year-old girl.

A former girlfriend of the child's father is charged with her murder. She was reportedly stabbed more than 40 times.

The pictures and the memories of little Jade Morris are all her family has left since her life ended so suddenly.

While the question of why still haunts them, the brutal details surrounding her death are almost too much to comprehend.

"She stabbed her over 40 times. Forty times. It's ridiculous," said Te'juana Reeves-Morris, her mother.

Te'Juana says her bright, smiling daughter's face can't be shown at a public viewing because of the severe injuries that claimed her life. She says instead, they will show pictures of her in happier times.

"I know everybody was looking forward to viewing her and saying goodbye, but that can't happen. There will be a slideshow and show pictures of when she was happy," she said.

A victims advocate group called Safe Faith United has decided to help the family by auctioning off a coat that was given to them by a private donor. They want to raise $5,000 to cover expenses.

"It means the world to me, I mean every that everybody's done for me. The community has been amazing, I can't believe how much support I've gotten," said Te'juana.

Jade's mom and her dad, Phil Morris, say every day has been a struggle since their daughter's murder. They say with the strength from their faith and from their family, it's a tragedy they'll overcome.

"We say it's not right, it's not fair, but unfortunately, it's a part of life, and life must go on," said Phil.

"Everybody should be able to walk away with a smile knowing that she was a happy child," said Te'juana.

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