Family, friends remember Aleaya Jackson, 16, at 'homegoing celebration'

By Sarah Panko, Reporter
Last Updated: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3:37 PM EST

Family and friends gathered Saturday afternoon at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Eustis for a Homegoing Celebration for a 16-year-old Aleaya Jackson.

Authorities found Jackson dead Sunday, Nov. 5, in a Sumter County home. 

"I want them to remember her as a person that when people down she always lift them back up and that’s who she was," said Michael Jenkins, Jackson's father. 

"She would do anything for anybody. She’d give the shirt off her back for anybody. She didn’t deserve this, nobody deserves this," said family friend Allyson Gay. 

Family and friends gathered Saturday afternoon at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Eustis for a Homegoing Celebration for a 16-year-old Aleaya Jackson. (Sarah Panko, staff)

Authorities said the man wanted for her murder, Larry Peavy, 35, is still on the run.

Family members say Peavy was a family friend. Authorities believe he's in the Ft. Pierce area.

"Young man if you're out there and you’re hearing us just come, everybody has forgiven you, just come and do the right thing," said Velvet Anderson. 

Authorities said Peavy also se​xually assaulted Jackson's 16-year-old friend and is also wanted for kidnapping charges. 

The US Marshalls is following all leads. 

There's a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Larry Peavy. 

Anyone with information can contact Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.