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MIDLAND, N.C. -- Family and friends celebrated the life Kilah Davenport who recently passed away.some Kilah was severely beaten by her stepfather.

The family held a barbecue fundraiser in Midland to benefit the Kilah Davenport Foundation .

Kilah died just weeks before her fifth birthday. For years she fought through health problems caused by the abuse. Her case inspired a new state law that requires harsher penalties for child abuse.

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