A HEART-wrenching note was left alongside a little pink bike and teddy bears at a funeral for a slain four-year-old.

Friends and family gathered on Wednesday to honor the life of Athena Brownfield, who was beaten to death by her caretaker, cops say.

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The life of toddler Athena Brownfield was celebrated at a funeral on Wednesday[/caption]

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Family and friends gathered to honor the girl, who cops say was beaten to death by her caretaker[/caption]

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Community members brought flowers, teddy bears and other items to show their love for the little girl[/caption]

Flowers and toys decorated the Stride Bank Center in Enid, Oklahoma and pictures showed the crowd of mourners each wearing a purple ribbon.

Purple was Athena’s favorite color and the young girl loved to color and sing along to the Baby Shark song.

She was joined at the hip with her surviving sister, a heartbreaking obituary revealed.

People who have helped in the investigation were also present at the funeral, along with a local riding group that raises awareness for abused children.

“A lot of us have kids. It’s very emotional. I have a four-year-old little girl so it hits home when there’s babies involved and kids involved,” one member of the riding club told News9.

“It’s tough definitely. It hits home for a lot of people.”

SEEKING JUSTICE

Athena was declared missing on January 10 and her remains were found a week later during a desperate search for the girl.

Her two caregivers were charged in connection with the child’s death.

Ivon Adams was charged with Athena’s murder while he and his wife, Alysia Adams, have both been accused of child neglect.

Caddo Couty District Court Judge David Stephens signed the gag order last week, prohibiting lawyers and law enforcement from talking about the case in public.

The four-year-old was born on September 6, 2018, and died on Christmas Day, according to her obituary.

Athena was allegedly beaten to death and buried by Ivon, who reportedly dragged a branch over the spot where her body was abandoned, court documents claimed.

The documents reveal that Athena spoke of her caretakers as if they were her parents.

Jacklyn Gilmore, who knew the couple, told local Oklahoma news station KFOR that her ex-boyfriend and Ivon owned a fence-building company together, so she has had many interactions with the accused murderer.

She said that Ivon had never been aggressive toward children in front of her.

“I worked with him sometimes, and we built fences, and he brought two kids with him a lot of times… and they helped him and he never even raised his voice,” said Gilmore. 

But she also said her ex-boyfriend and Ivon parted ways on bad terms after Ivon was accused of owing his partner money.

Athena’s five-year-old sister, Adina, was found wandering by herself by a postal worker on January 10, resulting in Athena being declared missing.

According to documents obtained by KSWO, Athena’s sister told police that she had been left in the house by herself and was “tired of being alone” after her sister’s disappearance.

Alysia reportedly told police that her estranged husband Ivon beat little Athena to death and then proceeded to bury the child’s body.

The report claims that Athena “was not moving and her eyes were barely open,” following the attack.

“He then laid her on the ground and punched her at least three more times in the chest,” court documents said.

Athena “never moved after that.”

Alysia reportedly told investigators that Ivon allegedly fled the home with Athena’s body the following day at around 1am.

The girls’ biological parents have been interviewed by agents and are cooperating with the investigation.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation revealed that Alysia is related to Athena and Adina.

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Ivon Adams was charged with Athena’s murder[/caption]

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His wife, Alysia Adams, was charged with child neglect[/caption]

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