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Indian Community Gathers to Mourn Death of Sherin Mathews

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    Indian Community Gathers to Mourn Death of Sherin Mathews

    The Indian Association of North Texas held a vigil for Sherin Mathews on Saturday during a visit from the Consulate General of India in Houston. (Published Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017)

    The Dallas County Medical Examiner confirms the body of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews as been released, but would not say to whom.

    The cause and manner of death is pending.

    A couple dozen people attended a prayer and candlelight vigil Saturday for Sherin Mathews at the India Association of North Texas. 

    Mathews was found dead inside a culvert two weeks after being reported missing by her father Wesley Mathews.

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    Mathews reportedly told police the 3-year-old died after choking on milk in their garage. Richardson police say he admitted to removing the body from the home.

    He is in the Dallas County jail charged with injury to a child.

    Saturday's vigil was attended by Indian community leaders in North Texas, as well as a member of the Consulate General of India in Houston. 

    The CGI representative said he was not authorized to speak about the case but the office has tweeted that it is actively involved in the investigation.

    Sherin was adopted by the Mathews from an orphanage in India last year. Media in India reports she was found in bushes, after apparently being dumped there.

    "It's a tragedy the whole life and you know a lot of people failed her. So it's time for us to pray, for her get together and hope that and pray that this never happens again in this entire community," said Salman Farshori, president of the India Association of North Texas.

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