Funeral arrangements have been finalized for 12-year-old Aliza Spencer, who died after she was shot while walking near her Binghamton home with her father and brother.
Aliza was fatally wounded on Bigelow Street on the city's East Side around 10 p.m. April 21.
According to an obituary posted on the Thomas J. Shea Funeral Home website, Aliza is survived by her parents, Fred and Janet Spencer; her sisters Nicole VanLoan and Jacklyn VanLoan; and her brother, Justin Spencer.
The obituary said:
Aliza was a “Daddy’s Girl”, often by her Dad’s side. Aliza loved to help her Dad outside planting our garden. She loved the strawberries and blackberries that we grew. Aliza was a “Mother’s Little Helper”. Aliza loved to cook and bake; she loved to help prepare Holiday meals. Aliza also helped with household chores and taking care of our family cat, Daisy. She loved Daisy very much. Aliza was 12 years old, a sixth grader at East Middle School. She was a bright student, always on the high-honor role. Aliza was a loving and caring person. She was loved by her teachers and her many friends. She was a light that shined wherever she went. Aliza was talented. She loved to play the violin and she loved to paint and draw. Aliza was also an avid reader. She was determined to read at an early age. She was able to read in kindergarten. Aliza also liked taking pictures with her camera.
Visitation is scheduled for Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at St. Paul's Church in Binghamton. A Funeral Mass is to be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be private.
Binghamton police have released no information this week about their investigation into the deadly shooting. Detectives have not indicated whether they have a suspect in the case.
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