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Hundreds pay respects to 13-year-old NKY cheerleader who always wore a smile

Hundreds pay respects to 13-year-old NKY cheerleader who always wore a smile


SMILE, POSITIVITY, AND THE WAY
SHE TREATED OTHERS.>>IT’S BEEN HARD. JATARA: A COMMUNITY IN SHOCK AS
HUNDREDS WAIT IN LINE TO SAY
GOODBYE TO LILLIANA SCHALCK, A
13-YEAR-OLD WHO LIVED HER LIFE
CHEERING ON OTHERS.>>SHE WAS ALWAYS SMILING,
GLOWING. SHE WAS VERY WELCOMING. IF YOU WERE IN A BAD MOOD, SHE
BROUGHT YOU UP. JATARA: LILLIANA WAS RUSHED TO
THE HOSPITAL DURING A
CHEERLEADING COMPETITION LAST
WEEKEND AND DIED WITHIN HOURS. OLIVIA ASHER JUST TALKED TO HER
THREE DAYS BEFORE.>>I DIDN’T THINK THAT WAS GOING
TO BE THE LAST TIME I EVER GOT
TO TALK TO HER. JATARA: SHE’S DESCRIBED AS
INCREDIBLY KIND BUT A FIERCE
COMPETITOR, ONE OF THE FIRST TO
EIGHTH GRADERS TO MAKE THE
HIGHLANDS VARSITY CHEER TEAM. SHE’D WON NATIONAL COMPETITIONS
WITH HER GYM, FROM YOUR
ATHLETICS AND EVEN COMPETED AT
, THE CHEERLEADING WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME SHE
CAME INTO THE GYM, SHE GAVE ME
THE BIGGEST HUG. WE BECAME REALLY GOOD FRIENDS. IT’S REALLY HARD. JATARA: HER TEAMMATES AND
FRIENDS ARE DEVASTATED, ALMOST
INCONSOLABLE.>>SHE ALWAYS HAD THE BIGGEST
SMILE ON HER FACE NO MATTER
WHAT. JATARA: LILLIANA WAS A FLYER,
TRUSTING HER TEAMMATES TO TOSS
AND CATCH HER. NOW THEY’RE TRUSTING THIS FLYER
HAS EARNED HER WINGS.>>LILLIANA WOULD NOT WANT US TO
BE SAD. SHE’D WANT US TO PUSH FORWARD
AND GET OUR HEADS OUT OF THIS
SPACE AND FOCUS ON WHAT SHE
LOVED TO DO. JATARA: BEFORE EVERY
COMPETITION, SHE’D SAY THESE
WORDS, NOW TAKING ON NEW
MEANING — “PUSH FOR YOURSELF
AND YOUR TEAM. WE’VE GOT THIS. I LOVE YOU.”
>>SHE’S THE MOST LOVING PERSON
I KNOW. JATARA: LILLIANA’S DAD WANTS
PEOPLE TO SEE THE POSITIVE
IMPACT HIS 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER
WAS ABLE TO HAVE AN IN ENTIRE
COMMUNITY. HER FRIENDS TOLD ME TONIGHT,
THEY’RE INSPIRED TO LIVE MORE
LIKE LILIA

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