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"Celebration of life" held for Hannah Graham


About a thousand people gathered at the Virginia high school attended by Hannah Graham for a "celebration of life" on Saturday.

The young woman who was abducted and murdered in September will be missed in her hometown.

"It's sad for things like this to happen," said Stormy Zizyk who has known Hannah Graham for 10 years. "Hannah, probably everyone says, she's a smart individual, she always knew what she was doing. She had a good head on her."

Stormy, along with Hannah Graham's parents and friends, honored her at the "celebration of life" service at West Potomac High School in the Alexandria Section of Fairfax County.

The 18-year-old graduated from there and she was currently a sophomore at University of Virginia.

Classmates from both schools paid tribute to Hannah.

"I'll always remember her by her dry sense of humor," said a friend.

And outside West Potomac High School, if you look right here on the front lawn, you can see a rock. Students painted it, and it says we love you Hannah, always in our hearts..

During the private service, people shared stories of how much they loved Hannah.

She was on West Potomac High's softball team and played in the marching band.

"It's a hard day for many of us, for all of us really, knowing that we've lost a valued member of our school community," said Principal Case.

Hannah Graham's remains were found near Charlottesville after a month long search.

Police arrested Jesse Matthew and charged him with abduction.

"It definitely hurts," said Zizyk. "It's definitely taken a toll on me."

But people will always remember her smile and great sense of humor.

Hannah's parents thanked the community for their outpouring of concern and efforts in the search for their daughter.

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