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Oct 4, 2010 9:41 PM by Ariel Wesler

Online photos expose teen's troubled past

We're learning more about the troubled life of a Santa Maria teen whose body was discovered last week in Santa Margarita.

Santa Maria police say 15 year-old Dystiny Myers had run away many times as a child. Her pastor says she had lost her way in the past year. Her burned body was found September 26th in Santa Margarita. Five suspects were arrested in connection with her murder.

15-year-old Dystiny Myers grew up in Santa Maria, where she was raised by her grandmother. She graduated from El Camino Junior High School two years ago, where teachers and staff say she was full of energy.

"My first memory of Dystiny is the first day of school as a 7th grader when the little blonde child came flyin' around the corner on a scooter, said El Camino Principal Ann D'Angelo-Orton.

"She could have gone to college she could have done anything. Very bright. Very talented person. Sang. She was in our talent show," said Dystiny's 7th Grade Science Teacher Bob Quirk.

But her MySpace photos paint a different picture, showing her partying with friends. The dark hair and tatoos are far from the angelic Dystiny many knew.

Teenage is always a difficult age, but no way we would have predicted anything like this would have happened. It's just taking all of us pretty hard," Quirk said.

Dale Arends said he knew that house spelled trouble and so did police.

"There were people coming and going at all hours of the night for several months and the police had been over here several times for drug raids, said Dale Arends of Nipomo.

Arend's brother witnessed investigators storming the house in Nipomo where they believe Dystiny was murdered. A girl with so much promise. . .gone before she could get a second chance.

"If a kid like this can end up in this situation, it can happen to anybody," Quirk said.

School officials say Dystiny started as a freshman at Santa Barbara High School last fall, but dropped out after five weeks. She is survived by her parents and two brothers.

Myers' church is planning a memorial service for her this week. It's scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Pacific Christian Center in Santa Maria.

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