SPRINGFIELD, Va. - As Fairfax County police continue to investigate Jholie Moussa’s death, the community came together to celebrate her life.
Hundreds of people packed New Life Open Bible Church in Springfield where the memorial was held. Family members and friends offered up memories of Moussa during her Celebration of Life. Her stepfather and sister spoke to the congregation.
“It’s a sad day, but that’s okay,” family friend Natasha Brown told FOX 5. “She’s where she needs to be and we are happy that we do have some closure. The family is doing well. Everybody is hanging in there, just one day at a time.”
It took investigators nearly two weeks to find Moussa’s body after she was first reported missing.
Investigators originally had Moussa listed as a runaway, saying at first there was no evidence indicating the 16-year-old girl was in danger. This despite emotional pleas from her mother insisting her daughter did not run away.
On Jan. 17, Fairfax County police announced the FBI joined the case to help search for the teenager. After her body was found, FOX 5 learned authorities arrested a person of interest in the case back on Jan. 18. The 17-year-old boy was arrested in connection to a prior alleged assault on Moussa.
That person of interest has not been publicly identified because he is a minor, but sources tell FOX 5 that person of interest is Moussa’s ex-boyfriend.
Moussa’s official cause of death has not yet been released from the medical examiner’s office.