Family and friends are mourning the loss of an Ocala teen today. In an extreme case of domestic violence, police say Tiffany Barwick and a friend, were shot and killed by Barwick's ex-boyfriend. The shooting happened at Barwick's friend's house last week. Friends and family members say Barwick was the type of girl you always wanted to be around. They say she always had a positive attitude, always smiling and cheerful. Teachers say she was a model student with a promising future. Yesterday was her funeral and tonight, a candlelight service in her honor.
"I miss her and she'll always be missed."
18 year old Kelsey Leighton says she's known Barwick since birth. She says saying goodbye to her friend at the funeral, was unbearable.
"It was very hard, it was long, and it hurt really bad."
Friends and family filled the Ocala West United Methodist Church to remember Tiffany. Candles were lit in in her honor, and people shared kind words.
"She was amazing, she was always cheerful, always smiling. I've never once seen the girl upset."
Kristen Corley is a church friend who says Barwick was a very active member of the church.
"I used to admire her because she had such a way of connecting with our congregation."
Friends say Barwick's love showed in everything she did.
As a West Port High School graduate, she was passionate about theatre. As a college student, friends say she was passionate about pursuing her nursing degree.
Her church family says there's one thing that brings them a sense of peace at this time:
"Tiffany we love you and we know you're safe. We know you're safe now."
Friends say Tiffany was a friend, a sister, a daughter, and now; An Angel.
By Thalia Hayden WCJB TV20 News.
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