Loretta Gates Laid To Rest

September 28, 2012 Updated Sep 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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September 28, 2012 Updated Sep 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM EDT

Cambria, NY (WKBW) - The family of Loretta Gates tries to come to terms with her murder. However, with a killer at large, there's still very little closure.

There's still no arrest in the killing of the 30-year-old mother of three, but at least the Gates family was finally able to say goodbye.

Friday's burial took place in the Town of Cambria, more than a month after Loretta Gates was killed.

It was a very emotional ceremony for several dozen family and friends who came to North Ridge Cemetery to pay their final respects to Loretta Jo Gates.

Loved ones gathered around Loretta's grieving parents with music playing in the background.

Loretta's father, Arthur Gates, tells Eyewitness News "It's tougher being here -- it's just so hard. You just can't put it to words, I don't even know how to put it."

The ceremony was short, but powerful, ending with family members laying roses on Loretta's casket.

Loved ones remembered a kind woman, who was dedicated to overcoming her battle with drugs and rebuilding a life with her three children.

Arthur remembers "She lit up the room when she came in, she made everybody smile. She always said I love you when she left."

Still, it was hard to celebrate Loretta's life, because of how she died.

Loretta was killed and dismembered about a month ago. Her torso was found in the Lower Niagara River. Other body parts were found in the whirlpool rapids and Hyde Park.

Arthur, "It's just the way she was gone, the way she was taken away from us, the family, the kids. It's so heart wrenching."

The family's now focusing on helping Loretta's three children, who are just four, five and eleven years old.

They are organizing a benefit on October 6th at the Sheraton Inn at the Falls to start a trust fund for the children. Anyone who wants more information about the benefit should call 716-998-0778 or 716-282-1215.

Niagara Falls Police are still looking for a suspect in Loretta's murder. Anyone with information should call authorities.

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