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Oct 6, 2010 9:03 PM by Monica Quintero

Emotional day as loved ones say goodbye to murdered teen

A memorial service was held on Wednesday for the Santa Maria teen whose body was found badly burned. The body of Dystiny Myers was discovered in Santa Margarita on September 26th. Five people have been arrested in the case.

But Wednesday, was a time of reflection for family and friends on the young girl's life. The memorial service took place at Pacific Christian Center in Santa Maria. Quentin Johnson, Dystiny's friend, said, "I fell in love with her at a young age, thinking I was going to marry her. Dystiny Myers will always have a special place in my heart."

Lots of emotion filled the church sanctuary, there were many tears. Ishmael petersen, Dystiny's friend, said, "It's not goodbye, but I'll see you again someday." Loved ones remembered the young teen they say was so full of life. Kathleen Clark, Dystiny's grandmother, said, "Dystiny touched so many lives in her young life."

Her grandmother, who was raising her and loved her as her own, also spoke briefly about her granddaughter. Clark said, "I know for a fact, that Dystiny's in heaven with Jesus." She goes on to say, "Yes, she went astray for a little bit but I know she's there."

Dystiny's pastor also talked about forgiveness. Pastor Rick Bloom, Pacific Christian Center, said, "The people who've taken Dystiny from us must not be allowed to take our souls from us." "Just keep us in your prayers because you know we have a long road to go," said Clark.

About 150 people were in Santa Maria for that memorial service including Dystiny's brothers. She has four siblings. After the service, Dystiny was laid to rest at the Santa Maria Cemetary.

The family also says Dystiny sang the lead in productions by the children's choir at Pacific Christian Center. They say she dreamed on one day becoming a model.

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