Hampden County

Loved ones say goodbye to Kayla Escalante

INDIAN ORCHARD, Mass. (WWLP) - Calling hours were held Wednesday for the youngest victim whose remains were found at a home in Page Boulevard in Springfield weeks ago.

Friends and family members of 27-year-old Kayla Escalante came together Wednesday afternoon at the Rattell Funeral Home in Indian Orchard. Calling hours were held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Escalante, a Ludlow resident, was the mother of a young child.

A celebration of her life will be held at the same location Thursday, followed by a burial of her ashes at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Indian Orchard.

On May 31, Escalante's body was discovered at 1333 Page Boulevard in Springfield. The remains of two other women, America Lyden and Ernestine Ryans were also found on the property.

A resident of that home, Stewart Weldon, is currently being held on $2 million bail in two separate kidnapping cases, though no one has been charged in connection to the deaths of Escalante, Canales, and Ryans.

"Very, very drastic, very drastic on us," Joseph Michon, told 22News. "Very loving girl. She's up in heaven now, she's resting. She's in God's hands."

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $8,000 for the young woman's funeral costs, and the family is asking that instead of flowers, loved ones make memorial donations to an educational and trust fund for Escalante's daughter through the funeral home. 

Friends of Escalante held a benefit car meet last week to help raise money for her funeral expenses.


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