Friends of a Harrison High School student who died earlier this week from a brain aneurysm gather together at a local church to remember the impact she made.
"She was always making people smile. She was always goofing around," Vanessa's friend, David Francis said.
Vanessa's friends say she wasn't the average person. She was a girl who made a difference each and every day.
"She was such a good person and she affected so many people," Laura Williams said.
That's why her best friends, her classmates and her acquaintances spent time at Crossroads Christian Church Saturday night.
"I think Vanessa would have loved what we're doing. I know she's smiling down because we're all here together," Erin Graninger said.
"It's kind of like a form of closure because it was all so sudden. It was tragic and we didn't really get a chance to say goodbye," David said.
Those closest to her say Vanessa loved The Avengers, and was outgoing, popular, and full of life.
"I really believe that she died with no regrets. I mean that's how I want to live my life," Laura said.
Harrison students say this past week has been a hard one and they aren't sure what the future holds.
"The main thing we're going to try to do is move on and try to live a life that would make Vanessa proud," David said.
But they say one thing's for certain, they'll never forget their friend.
Right now, the pedestrian bridge over the Lloyd still reads, 'We are Vanessa Strong,' a testament to how much the community has come together to honor Vanessa.
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