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Hundreds at funeral of woman burned alive in Mississippi; former cheerleader now 'flying high'

This undated photograph released by the families of Jessica Chambers and her sister Amanda Prince shows Jessica Chambers taken in Courtland, Miss. About 400 mourners packed a chapel in Mississippi on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, to say goodbye to the 19-year-old Chambers, who was burned alive, among them classmates who used permanent markers to write heartfelt messages on her white metal coffin. (AP Photo/Chambers-Prince Famili, File)

This undated photograph released by the families of Jessica Chambers and her sister Amanda Prince shows Jessica Chambers taken in Courtland, Miss. About 400 mourners packed a chapel in Mississippi on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, to say goodbye to the 19-year-old Chambers, who was burned alive, among them classmates who used permanent markers to write heartfelt messages on her white metal coffin. (AP Photo/Chambers-Prince Famili, File)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of a woman set on fire in Mississippi and left to die by the side of the road.

The Rev. Eric Greggs noted that classmates' wishes at the packed service on Saturday included "Fly high," a reference to the former cheerleader's aerial acrobatics.

Alabama author Linda Oliver said Chambers had recently asked her to help write a book about her life.

The Rev. Larry Kilgore said Chambers talked with him about personal problems, but had a relationship with Christ.

Wells Funeral Home in Batesville, Mississippi, live-streamed the 45-minute service.

Owner Tommy Wells said the home's chapel seats about 400 and was full.

Police are reconstructing the last few hours of Chambers' life and are asking the public to come forward with information. So far, they have few solid leads.