"...Sixteen-year-old Brittany Binger was a sweet girl, but also feisty, say those who knew her.
She enjoyed playfully wrestling with friends and was stronger than she looked, several friends said.
And while she never went looking for a fight, they said, she could really deck someone who crossed her, although she was also quick to try to patch things up afterward.
She was young, full of life and not known to have any enemies..."
She accepted things for how they were," Leslie said. And "before she died, she was happy."
"She never gave me any trouble or any lip. The day she left, she did the dishes and vacuumed," said Darlene Hollingsworth, who was called "Momz" by Brittany.
"She was just a chipper little girl," said Bernice Vickers, who lives in the mobile home closest to where Brittany's body was found. "She just introduced herself to me. She was outgoing. Everybody liked her."
"She just had a good energy. For whatever reason, if she walked into a room, everyone just instantly wanted to know who she was," said Leslie.
"Brittany is a very pretty, smiling girl in the photos Danielle has tacked up on her bedroom wall. She liked rap artist Tupac Shakur, the color red and ranch dressing - on everything from pizza to cheesy fries," Danielle said.
"A nice house with a white picket fence, a family that loved her, a stable life - her biggest goal was to be happy. And she wanted to finish high school," said Leslie Smith, one of Brittany's best friends.
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We give them back to you, O Lord,
who first gave them to us, yet as you
did not lose them in the giving, so we
do not lose them by their return. For
what is yours is ours also, if we belong to you.
Love is undying, and life is unending,
and the boundary of this mortal life is but a horizon,
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Lift us up, O God, that our sight may see further.
Cleanse our eyes, that we may see more clearly
and while you prepare the place for this departed soul,
prepare us also for that happy place,
that we may be with you,
and with those we love, forever.
"If you walked by a street
and you was walking a concrete
and you saw a rose growing from concrete,
even if it had messed up petals
and it was a little to the side you would marvel
at just seeing a rose grow through concrete.
So way is it that when you see some
ghetto kid grow out of the dirtiest circumstance
and he can talk and he can sit across the room
and make you cry, make you laugh,
all you can talk about is my dirty rose,
my dirty stems
and how am leaning crooked to the side,
u can't even see that
I've come up from out of that" ~Tupac Shakur