RICHMOND, Va. -- Hundreds of people gathered to honor the life of Samiyah Yellardy at United Nations Church on Richmond’s Southside Wednesday.
The 17-year-old George Wythe High School student was was killed after she was shot inside her home in the city’s Bellemeade neighborhood early Sunday, April 10.
Sources described what happened to Crime Insider Jon Burkett as a botched home invasion.
A crowded room of family, friends and community members remembered the teen as someone who made their lives better.
“It really doesn’t matter how long she lived, but the impact she had on people's lives while the lived,” Pastor Robert Winfree said. “This girl was angelic.”
Samiyah was remembered for her infectious smile, immaculate style and kind heart.
“She had a bold spirit,” one of the teen’s friends said. “She made sure you’re OK, make sure you’re happy.”
Another friend said Samiyah frequently had a smile on her face and was a “happy person.”
Speakers at the service who called for an end to the violence included Samiyah’s former bus driver.
“This violence and this mess with these guns has got to cease,” she said. “We have a 17-year-old baby girl lying here deceased.”
Members of the Southside community vowed to support the girl’s mother.
Police have released limited information about the case regarding a suspect or motive.
Officers said the case remains under investigation.
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