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Community honors murdered cheerleader at first game
11:28 PM, Aug 22, 2014
8:47 AM, Aug 23, 2014
A community paid tribute to a cheerleader murdered in a shooting near a theater.
A month has passed since a stray bullet hit and killed Teria'le Rawls.
The Riverview High School cheerleader was honored at the school’s first home football game Friday.
The game began with a prayer. Teria'le – or Teri as friends knew her – should have been in the cheering line at the start of the game. She should have been leading the crowd in a cheer.
Instead, everyone attending showed up to honor the 17-year-old’s memory.
"It is getting harder,” said Anthony Rawls, her father. “It's not getting easier. It's getting harder."
He wore a button for his daughter. Almost everyone at the game did something to show their respect. The cheerleading squad wore blue bows in their hair and a sticker with Teri's face on their cheeks.
“We are trying to move on without forgetting. But moving on for growth because that is part of the healing process,” cheerleading coach Amy Earl said.
"I think it just brings closure to everybody,” friend Jennifer Pasik added.
Pasik had become close friends with Teri. She made a T-shirt with a picture of them together on Teri’s birthday.
There were messages to Teri everywhere. Signs showing love and support were all over the stadium, even in the fence surrounding the field.
Teri’s family appreciated the gesture. Even though they did not address the crowd, their tears spoke volumes about what the day meant in the healing process.
“She was loved by everybody. Riverview, the whole community, came together,” her father said.
Her family said they will attend every hearing for the men accused of killing her to make sure they know how much she was loved.
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