Remembering Sarah Neal

No arrests have been made in the murder that took place a year ago of 16-year-old Sarah Neal. Friends and family are still trying to remain positive, but Sarah's mother is still feeling the pain of losing her daughter.

The scripture engraved in Sarah Neal's marker speaks of the burden that she always carried around with her.

"Sarah was probably the most weary and burdened person I ever knew," said Nan Neal, Sarah's mother.

"Sarah just had a lot of hurt in her life," said Neal. "She made a lot of terrible decisions and continued to make a lot of terrible decisions.

Neal says that she believes that those terrible decisions about who her daughter befriended may have led to her murder.

"The missing her doesn't change a whole lot," said Neal. "That part doesn't get any easier and I don't think it will."

Along with the pain that Neal feels, she also sees Sarah's smile and her sense of humor.

Sarah's nickname, "The Queen of Comedy" is engraved on her gravestone below her name.

"I miss all the times she made me laugh, which was pretty regularly," said Neal. "She was mad at me most of the time, but she still knew how much I enjoyed her pranks and tricks."

Wednesday marked one year since Sarah's death and her friends are trying to focus on all the good times they spent together.

Her friends are organizing a memorial event this Friday with live entertainment in Sarah's honor.

"All the investment she made in a friendship is coming out for Friday," said Tony Smith, Friend of Sarah. "Every bridge that she crossed will hopefully be here Friday."

Nan Neal is also planning on attending the event and she says that between laughing at old memories and holding on to her faith, she will find a way to make it through another year.

"We will miss her," said Neal. "We will always miss her terribly, but she's fine and we can see her again. Let's live for that."

Sarah's friends will be hosting the event Friday evening in her honor with live entertainment and food at the Southwest Church of Christ at 124th and Center. Tickets are $3 and the money raised will go to the Nebraska Youth Camp in memory of Sarah Neal.

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