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updated: 10/29/2012 9:52 AM

Father of slain Pa. baby urges faith in humanity

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  • A slideshow of Saanvi Venna plays in the lobby of the Boyd-Horrox Funeral Home in Norristown, Pa., as Subash Karra sits nearby Sunday during a viewing for the 10-month-old girl, who was found dead after being kidnapped last week from her home in a Philadelphia suburb. Saanvi's grandmother was also killed.

      A slideshow of Saanvi Venna plays in the lobby of the Boyd-Horrox Funeral Home in Norristown, Pa., as Subash Karra sits nearby Sunday during a viewing for the 10-month-old girl, who was found dead after being kidnapped last week from her home in a Philadelphia suburb. Saanvi's grandmother was also killed.
    Associated Press

 
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- The father of a suburban Philadelphia baby killed along with her grandmother in an apparent botched ransom scheme says those tragic deaths should not diminish supporters' faith in humanity.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Venkata Venna told community members not to "lose your hearts" at a viewing Sunday for his 10-month-old daughter. The father told well-wishers to remember that "people are good."

Saanvi Venna was found dead Friday after police say a neighbor at the family's King of Prussia apartment complex confessed to killing her grandmother on Monday and absconding with the girl.

Authorities say 61-year-old Satayrathi Venna died trying to protect her granddaughter.

Family friend Raghunandan Yandamuri is charged in their deaths. Officials say he planned to ransom the girl for $50,000.

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