Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Statement on Maleah Davis & the City of Houston Plans Tribute

Please attribute the following statement to Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“My heart is heavy this afternoon upon hearing the medical examiner has positively identified the remains found in Arkansas last week as four-year-old Maleah Davis.

“Maleah was a sweet, beautiful, and innocent little girl who deserved a chance to enjoy life just like any other child. She belonged to our community, and we share a collective grief.

“As we learn more about her death and disappearance, I ask people to focus their energy on creating lasting changes in Maleah’s honor. Love your child and hold them close, volunteer at a shelter for women and children, support foster organizations or make a donation to your favorite charity in Maleah’s name.

“In Maleah’s memory, I have approved a request for Sunday June 9, to turn the Houston city hall lights pink, which was her favorite color.

Just as the light will shine in her memory, we must continue to shine a light on the horrific circumstances that lead to her death and make a promise to protect all children in our community.”