LOGAN — Funeral services have been announced for Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shelley, the 5-year-old Logan girl who was taken from her home May 25 and found dead days later in a nearby backyard. The family, with the help of the Cache County Attorney’s Victim’s Advocacy Office, have invited the public to participate in some of the memorial services.
The funeral for Lizzy will take place Tuesday, June 4 at 1 p.m. at Nyman Funeral Home, 753 South 100 East in Logan. Prior to the services, two viewings will be held Monday night from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 11-1 p.m.
Internment will be in the Logan City Cemetery following the funeral, at approximately 2:30 p.m. The exact procession route is being still finalized.
The Children’s Justice Center and Families Feeding Families are asking for volunteers and donations, to create rainbow ribbons for the vehicles and motorcycles in the funeral procession, and for the hundreds of first responders and family that are expected to attend the memorial services. Anyone wishing to help can contact either organization to volunteer or donate supplies.
As part of the memorial services, a candle light vigil called “Remember Little Lizzy” was held Saturday night on the steps of the Historic Cache County Courthouse. More than 300 people attended the event, where Lizzy’s mother, Jessica Whipple, spoke about the loss of her daughter. She said the past week had been a complete nightmare as she first realized Lizzy was gone and then allegedly killed by her brother, 21-year-old Alex Whipple.
Those who attended were also encouraged to be like Lizzy by stopping to smell the flowers, being kind to others and finding happiness in the little things. As it concluded, participants lit candles and raised them over their heads in support of the victim’s family.
Two accounts have also been set up for anyone wishing to contribute financially to Lizzy’s family. Zions Bank has opened an account at all branches where money can be donated under the “Elizabeth Shelley Donation Account.” The family has also authorized the creation of a GoFundMe account called “Lights on 4 Lizzy.”
The family has asked that no other fundraisers be done. Logan City Police also have warned residents of fraud schemes or other donation accounts that have not been approved by the family.
The Cache County Attorney Victim’s Advocacy Office report that Lizzy’s funeral is being covered so the family will not have any expenses.
Alex Whipple is scheduled to make his first formal appearance before a judge Monday afternoon. He is expected to be arraigned on felony charges of murder, kidnapping and desecration of a body. He is also facing charges other misdemeanors from his Saturday arrest. He is being held in the Cache County Jail without bail.