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Friends, family remember a life lost

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Unique seemed to be a very fitting middle name for what friends and family had to say about Junisha Cummings. She was a girl that stuck out in peoples' minds for her kindness, her happiness and her laugh.

In 15 short years Junisha Cummings, left her mark with a bright smile.

"She just was loveable and understanding," described Cummings' friend Bryan Johnson. "We miss her so much. It's just crazy. We miss her so much."

And now teddy bears, candles and signs mark her memorial. Cummings was shot in the head and killed.

"We're grieving," said Youth Pastor Diane Sergeant with Life Builders Church of God. "And it's going to be hard."

Cummings was a member of the church and the youth group with Pastor Sergeant.

"I rushed to the hospital and wanted to be there with the family and be especially with her sister," she said.

Just last week, Cummings and her 14-year-old sister helped make a poster with their group.

"We talked about how gangs will write their names on buildings trying to mark their territory saying that they have control or authority in an area," she explained.

The lesson: "We we're trying to write positive things on the board rather than negative graffiti," she said. "She jumped right in. She was eager to be a part of it."

But next time the group meets, the lesson won't be as easy.

"I tell them that I'm hurting with them," Sergeant said holding back tears. "And that God also weeps with us and that we just have to keep loving each other and we'll get through it together."

And together a community remembers the love Cummings had to give.

"I'm going to remember that love and never ever let it die," Johnson said. "It's going to be a beautiful day ever day for her and I know that she's in heaven."

And she is smiling down.

Pastor Sergeant said Cummings wanted to be a pediatrician or a teacher when she grew up.

Cummings visitation will be held from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday at Life Builders Church of God on West Pershing. The funeral is Monday at 11 a.m.

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