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Family, friends celebrate birthday of teen killed on Monday

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19)  - Sodany April Phann Prim would have been 16 years old on Thursday. She was killed just three days earlier, near her home, when a school bus hit her.

On Thursday afternoon, dozens of her friends and family held a special remembrance. Relatives came from all over the country to celebrate April's life. All just two days before laying her to rest.

"I just want to hug her and say mommy loves you very much," Said April's mother Kimmean Phann "With all my heart. I never hug her. I never say I love you, but I'm hugging her today."

Loved ones left flowers, balloons and cake for the 16th birthday April didn't live to celebrate.

"We're going to buy another cake," said Laura Prim, April's aunt. "Sing 'Happy Birthday' to her. She would like that."

April's crush, teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, helped lift spirits. Just days before her death, April tweeted about a dream where the two of them met.

Her friends pledged to always remember.

"I just want to tell her that I'll keep her promise," said April's childhood friend Monica Skidmore. "We promised we'd become vets together when we're old."

And everyone helped honor a sweet spirit that on April 1, turned just 16 years old.

"It's like she's here with us," Said Marin Prim, April's aunt. "She's never away."

At the end of the celebration, everyone grabbed either a purple or butterfly balloon. The group sang Happy Birthday to April and then released all of their balloons. Purple is April's favorite color.

"To help her to fly free," Aprils mom said. "Let her go to Heaven where her spirit will fly free."

And here on Earth, April's four-year-old sister will always treasure her memory.

"She saw me sad and she went 'mommy, don't be sad," April's mother said. "She'll be back tomorrow. She'll be back tomorrow. She's in heaven. She'll be back tomorrow."

April died Monday, March 29. The Lakota East sophomore was crossing the street when a bus hit and dragged her. It happened right in front of her own home in the 4800 block of Long Drive in Liberty Township. It was 6:30 in the morning. It was dark and raining. The bus driver was on her normal route and told investigators she couldn't see April in the street.

A public visitation will be held tomorrow at Lakota East High School from five until eight. A private family service will be held on Saturday.


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