In a heartbreakingly tragic day, a mother found out that her 7-year-old daughter was dead. But that was just the worst of the bad news. Police say the alleged murderer was the girl’s father. Gabrielle White, 7, a second-grader in New Rochelle, New York, about 30 minutes outside of New York City was found dead in her father’s home after the child’s babysitter tipped off police. Police arrested her father, 47-year-old Neil White. He and the girl’s mother Michelle Hord-White were estranged reports:

White’s wife, Michelle Hord-White, filed for divorce in April, according to Westchester County records. The couple was living apart and shared custody of Gabrielle, police said.

“No words could sum up all that Gabrielle meant to us but she was our light,” Hord-White and her family said in a statement. “We are broken and devastated that our sweet little girl is gone but we’re thankful that we had seven wonderful years with her. While we begin to mourn privately, we thank those friends, colleagues, neighbors and strangers for the tremendous support that we’ve already received.”

The family suggested those who wish to make a memorial donation make one at the, P.O. Box 4671 Danbury, CT 06813.

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