Fort Wayne, Ind. – A young Maryland girl who was friends with slain girl Aliahna Lemmon, 9, grieves for her former playmate, saying she had a kind heart and was “trustworthy.”
Aliahna lived in Hagerstown, Maryland prior to moving to Indiana. She and Kymberley attended school together and became good friends.
To see photos regarding the Aliahna Lemmon case, click here.
“She was trustworthy and kindhearted,” Kymberley said of her murdered friend. “We like to sing, we like to play guitar.”
According to WANE, the two girls kept in contact on Facebook once Aliahna moved. They were slated to talk on Christmas Day to share the excitement of the holiday and news of the presents they’d received. However, by Dec. 25, 2011, Aliahna had been missing for over a day.
When she heard her good friend had vanished, Kymberley said she wondered, “Is she going to be okay? Is she going to be dead? Are they going to find her alive?”
Aliahna and her two sisters had been staying with Michael Plumadore, 39, in his trailer as their mother recovered from the flu. According to neighbors in the mobile home park, Plumadore had watched the girls before, thus, the scenario was not unusual.
Initially, Plumadore told police that he last saw the girl sleeping in his chair on Dec. 22, when he left at about 6:00 a.m. for the corner store to buy a cigar. He realized she was missing when Aliahna’s mother called him at about 10:00 a.m. Plumadore said he believed she had left with her mother so she was not reported missing until 9:00 p.m. that night.
A massive search for Aliahna was immediately undertaken, however, on Dec. 26, Plumadore admitted to police he had killed the child on Dec. 22 by beating her in the head with a brick. He also confessed to dismembering her body with a hacksaw the next day. In addition, he told authorities he placed most of her body in a nearby dumpster and keept her hands, feet and head in his freezer.
To see a WANE video report regarding Kymberley Schwartz and Aliahna Lemmon, click here.
Kymberley was devastated by the news of her friend’s death and now writes letters to her in heaven, reports WANE.
“Last night we got a balloon because Ali [Aliahna] liked Tinkerbell and we let go of it so it could go to heaven for her and it’s going to be a routine we’re going to keep for awhile,” noted Kymberley’s mother, Rhonda Schwartz.
Plumadore was expected to appear in court on Friday, Dec. 30, however, that appearance will likely be delayed until sometime next week, according to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office. Nonetheless, the prosecution still intends to file formal charges against Plumadore Friday.
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