The 21-year-old Long Island mother who was killed and then found in the woods less than a mile from her home last week was mourned by family and friends at a funeral service in Medford Thursday.
Sarah Goode's 4-year-old daughter clung to her mother's photo and rested in her grandmother's arms as the bearing Goode's body was escorted by mourners from St. Sylvester’s Church.
An honor guard and bagpipe contingent of the New York City Correction officers joined the funeral procession, coming to Long Island to support Goode’s sister, who is a correction officer.
“I wake up in the morning, like, wow. Is this for real? Feels like a dream, you know?” said Shane Bonilla, who went to high school with Goode.
Goode’s body was discovered last Thursday in a wooded area less than a mile from her Medford home. She had been reported missing days before, when she disappeared after spending a night with friends in Shirley.
Suffolk Police have labeled Goode’s death a homicide but have not made an arrest and have not yet described how she was killed.
“It's unbelievable how someone could actually sit there and do it. The big question is, why?” said friend John Soto, who wrote “RIP Sarah Goode” on the window of his car.
Police call the murder probe an “active” investigation.
In the meantime, a memorial of photos, stuffed animals and notes is growing on the street where Goode’s car was discovered after she was reported missing.
Distraught friends have urged Goode’s killer to surrender.
“How can you be so cruel?” asked friend Crystal Ryan last week. “If you know who you are, come forward and confess."