JaKiya Marie Denise Cross was born on April 29,2OO7 to Kenny Jamar Cross and Kayla Marie Cross in Sacramento, CA at Mercy San Juan Hospital. JaKiya was born prematurely at seven and a half months. Kiya spent the first thirty days of her life in ICU fighting underdeveloped lungs. ln 2009 Kiya was diagnosed with asthma after being rushed to the ER for having trouble with her breathing, but she didn't let that stop her
from growing. As a baby Kiya attended Blessed Faith Ministries with her Aunties, Mrs. Alfreda McCurin and Ms. Della May Henderson, where she began her love for Christ and accepted Him as her Lord and Savior.
Kiya joined Thomas Edison Language Institute at the end of first grade. At that point is when Kiya started to grow into the beautiful young lady that we all knew her to be. ln 2O16 Kiya started Girls of Grace Alumni under Mrs. Amy Smith and Ms. Kim Lillard. Her Favorite Scripture is John 3:16. Girls Of Grace taught her the real definition of leadership and life skills. JaKiya joined Grant Jr Pacers Cheer Squad in Summer of 2O18 under coaches, Coach Lisa Caldwell, Coach Tamaji Bryant, Coach Roshawnda Clements , and Coach Kinish Johnson, where JaKiya and the team won first place at SYF cheer competition. At the beginning of this school year JaKiya joined Volleyball and Basketball under Coach Kesha, their record (Volleyball 4-2)(Basketball 2nd place)JaKiya exceeded at every walk of her li[e. 4.O student member of Edison Leadership. JaKiya was a loving, caring
role model who was respectable and honest, a true angel from Heaven- She was adventurous and free-spirited, always there to help when you call. She always had a positive attitude.
JaKiya Cross was preceded in death by her paternal great grandmothers Dorothy Sherron and Marry Cross. Her paternal great grandfather Eliv Bulock, her maternal grandmother Marry Ann Cornett'Baum, and her maternal great grandmother Marry Alice Hanna. And a host of extended Family. JaKiya leaves to cherish her memory, both parents, Kenny and Kayla Coss, her paternal grandparents Elnora Henderson and Kenny Wayne Cross. Her maternal grandfather Thomas Douglas Baum. Her siblings, Sierra Cross, Brandon Cross, Jamary'ana Cross, lshmael Cross, Malachi
Cross, lsrael Cross. And a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, many friends, her classmates, and teachers at Thomas Edison Language Institute.