Lucas Hernandez

Lucas Hernandez funeral set for June 30: What you need to know

A funeral for Kansas boy Lucas Hernandez is scheduled to take place on June 30 at 1 p.m. and according to his family, the service will be open to the public.

“We want to offer all those who have come to love our child the opportunity to grieve and say goodbye,” the funeral announcement reads. “Thank you all for loving Lucas. His time on earth was short, but his impact on our lives was immeasurable.”

The funeral is set to take place at the Wichita State University Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, located at 5015 E. 29th St. N, in Wichita. Flowers can be sent to the complex on June 29 and June 30. Charitable donations can be made at the library of Lucas’ school,  Beech Elementary Library, located at 1830 S. Cypress St. The Ronald McDonald House Global Charities is also taking charitable donations made in Lucas’ name.

Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Hernandez and Jamie Taylor-Orr

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lucas’ mother, Jamie Taylor-Orr, and his father, Jonathan Hernandez, indicated that they are in the process of gathering up the items left for Lucas at the bridge in Harvey County, where his remains were discovered on May 24. Balloons, stuffed animals, toys, and other items left at the bridge will be displayed at the memorial.

Lucas’ disappearance caught national attention after his father’s live-in girlfriend, Emily Glass, reported the boy missing on February 17. A little over three months later, Glass led a private investigator to the little boy’s remains in Harvey County, not far from his Wichita home. Although Glass was never officially charged with Lucas’ death, she was the only person of interest, according to Sedgwick County DA, Marc Bennett.

On Friday, authorities found Glass dead inside a home off of South Edgemoor, reportedly from an apparent suicide, although the final cause of death will be determined by a Medical Examiner. The final results of Glass’ complete autopsy could take up to several weeks, according to Kate Flaven, PIO for the Regional Forensic Science Center.

“We will never know the true story from Emily’s own mouth, and that feels like another betrayal and slap in the face to the whole community. We also all feel sad. None of us think that sweet Lucas would have wished harm on any person, even Emily Glass,” Sheila R. Medlam of the “Finding Lucas Hernandez” search team told CrimeOnline.

“I think I can speak for all of our team when I tell you that being part of Lucas’ story has been an honor and a privilege. We felt him with us the entire time. He became part of our lives and turned us into a family. He is and always will be our little hero.”

Further Reading 

Lucas Hernandez Update: Emily Glass left behind three suicide notes, rifle found by her feet, police say

BREAKING: Emily Glass to be released from jail just days after missing boy Lucas Hernandez’s remains were found

‘I went in his room and he was dead’: PI who found Lucas Hernandez says ‘cold’ Emily Glass described how missing boy died before hiding remains [EXCLUSIVE]

As FBI joins search for missing boy, 5, family members speak out about concerns over his past welfare

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Lucas Hernandez Update: Missing boy’s dad says he stands by stepmom, who remains in jail on child endangerment charge

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[Feature Photo: Lucas Hernandez/Handout]