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xx Brandaline 'Brandy' DuVall, Denver, Co. 1997
« Thread started on: Feb 6th, 2005, 10:22am »

On the night of May 30, 1997, 14 year old honor student Brandaline DuVall was waiting for a ride home at a bus stop on the northwest side of Denver. She was wearing a red ( a gang color in some neighborhoods ) Chicago Bulls Jersey which attracted the attention of a splinter group of the notorious 'Bloods' one of Denver's drug dealing gangs.
She was abducted from the bus stop and taken to one of the gang's addresses where she was sexually assaulted and tortured for over 4 hours by various gang members. On the morning of May 31 she was taken to a lonely location west of Golden in Clear Creek Canyon, where she was stabbed 28 times and left to bleed to death. Her body was found the next day.

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« Reply #1 on: Feb 6th, 2005, 10:32am »

The Denver Post www.denverpost.com published the following articles on this horrible tragedy which can be accessed in their entirity from their archives.
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Body found along Clear Creek ID'd as 14-year-old girl Article 1 of 21 found
Kieran Nicholson and Jim Kirksey Denver Post Staff Writers
June 4, 1997; Page B-04
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 680047 -- 374 words
The girl whose semi-nude body was found along Clear Creek west of Golden on Saturday has been identified as a 14-year-old honor student.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department investigators have identified the girl as Brandaline "Brandy" Duvall, who would have been 15 next month.

A passerby driving on U.S. 6 in Clear Creek Canyon about a mile west of Tunnel No. 1 discovered the body on an embankment next to the creek Saturday afternoon, officials reported. Responding
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3 held in teen girl's slaying Other reputed gangsters sought Article 2 of 21 found
Marilyn Robinson Denver Post Staff Writer
June 17, 1997; Page B-01
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 681260 -- 449 words
JEFFERSON COUNTY - Three reputed gang members are in custody and two others are sought in the slaying of 14-year-old Brandaline "Brandy" Duvall, whose body was found May 31 along Clear Creek west of Golden.

Investigators aren't sure how the victim came in contact with the suspects, said Sheriff's Lt. John Kiekbusch.

Duvall, who would have been 15 next month, was last seen leaving a friend's west Denver home the night of May 30. She reportedly was alone at
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Murder suspect tied to 1996 case Article 3 of 21 found
Marilyn Robinson and Kieran Nicholson Denver Post Staff Writers
June 27, 1997; Page B-01
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 682336 -- 752 words
A reputed gang member accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl has now been linked to the slaying of a young mother in Lakewood last summer.

Samuel "Zig-zag" Quintana, 23, is one of three men named Thursday by Lakewood police as suspects in the killing of 19-year-old Venus Montoya, gunned down in her apartment in the early morning hours of July 19, 1996.

Quintana was arrested last week by Jefferson County sheriff's officers in the slaying of
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Teen to face slay charges as an adult Gang member linked to raping, killing of girl Article 5 of 21 found
Ginny McKibben Denver Post Staff Writer
July 15, 1997; Page B-01
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 683838 -- 626 words
Blood splattered the back bedroom of a Denver home as Brandaline "Brandy" Duvall screamed while gang members "turned ugly," raping and torturing the 14-year-old girl. A short time later they took her to the mountains to kill her, according to testimony in Jefferson County District Court on Monday.

District Attorney Dave Thomas said Monday he could call for the death penalty against against Francisco "Pancho" Martinez, 23, thought by authorities to have played
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Suspect faces trial in torture Alleged gang member, 16, to be tried as adult Article 6 of 21 found
Ginny McKibben Denver Post Staff Writer
January 5, 1998; Page B-01
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 701502 -- 550 words
GOLDEN - A teenager accused of taking part in the gang rape, torture and fatal stabbing of 14-year-old Brandaline "Brandy" Duvall last spring will go on trial for murder this week in Jefferson County District Court.

Frank Vigil, 16, is the youngest of seven alleged gang members accused in the brutal crime, which began in the back bedroom of an Adams County home and ended when Duvall's body was dumped down a Jefferson County highway embankment, police reports say. Vigil will
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Sides rest in slay trial Article 7 of 21 found
The Denver Post
January 13, 1998; Page B-04
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 702187 -- 196 words
GOLDEN - Fourteen-year-old Brandaline "Brandy" Duvall was stabbed 28 times after being raped and tortured by gang members during a hellish night last May, Jefferson County's coroner testified Monday.

Coroner Ben Galloway said Duvall bled to death from stab wounds all over her body, including a jugular vein and carotid artery.

During the ordeal, the girl must have struggled and kicked in an attempt to save her life, Galloway said. Her body showed dozens of bruises and
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Teen found guilty of murder Verdict a "win for Brandy,' mom says Article 8 of 21 found
Ginny McKibben Denver Post Staff Writer
January 15, 1998; Page B-01
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 702469 -- 611 words
GOLDEN - A Jefferson County jury convicted a 16-year-old of first-degree murder in the gang rape, torture and fatal stabbing of 14-year-old Brandaline "Brandy" DuVall during a nightmare orgy of sex, violence and drugs last May.

DuVall's mother, Angela Metzger, wept as District Judge Michael Villano read the verdict Wednesday.

"This is a win for (Brandy)," Metzger said outside the courtroom. "She was a little girl with a life and dreams. I just
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Suspect draws blank on murder Gang member: "I was drunk' Article 10 of 21 found
Ginny McKibben Denver Post Staff Writer
March 5, 1998; Page B-02
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 707841 -- 407 words
GOLDEN - A gang member accused of killing a 19-year-old woman in the summer of 1996 testified Wednesday that he has only scattered memories of the night of the slaying and can't remember if he played a role in her death.

Alejandro Ornelas, 22, dabbed tears from his eyes as he described getting drunk in the hours that preceded the murder of Venus Montoya in a Lakewood apartment.
Ornelas said he drank a six pack of beer, four servings of Remy Martin cognac and Amaretto cocktails
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xx Re: Brandaline 'Brandy' Duvall, Denver, Co. 1997
« Reply #2 on: Feb 6th, 2005, 10:44am »

The trials against the perpetrators bring indescribeable suffering to Brandaline's family. One of the offenders is reprimanded by the judge for sneering at Brandy's family members.
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Jury selection to begin in slaying trials
Ginny McKibben Denver Post Staff Writer
August 16, 1998; Page B-06
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 723657 -- 483 words
Jury selection begins this week in two trials that could thrust an untested Colorado law into action.

Gang leader Francisco Martinez, 24, is charged with the gang rape, kidnapping and slaying of 14-year-old Brandaline "Brandy" Duvall in May 1997.

And in Colorado Springs, George Woldt faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the rape, kidnapping and sexual assault and slaying of college student Jacine Gielinski, 22.

If they are convicted, their
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Penalty panel gets 1st trials 3 judges to decide on death sentence
Ginny McKibben Denver Post Staff Writer
August 16, 1998; Page B-01
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 723635 -- 752 words
Prosecutors say they want cooler heads to decide whether a convicted felon should be sentenced to death.

That's why they backed legislation to take that responsibility away from a jury and place it in the hands of a three-judge panel.

Defense attorneys, however, argue that the process will bury Colorado's death penalty system in a pile of appeals and heap untold political pressure on judges up for retention.

The theory has gone untested since it became law in 1995.
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Judge scolds suspect Defendant sneers at slaying victim's kin
Ginny McKibben Denver Post Staff Writer
August 25, 1998; Page B-02
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 724514 -- 486 words
GOLDEN - Francisco Martinez greeted the family of the girl he is accused of killing with a smile, a nod and a sneer Monday, enraging prosecutors and eliciting a warning from the judge.

"He smiled, nodded and gave a sarcastic look to each of them," prosecutor Hal Sargent said. "He has no right to do that."

Martinez's lawyers dismissed the gestures as a "sneering contest," but District Judge Michael Villano demanded a halt to the demonstration.
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Witness in slay trial cites fear of retaliation by gang
Ginny McKibben Denver Post Staff Writer
August 26, 1998; Page B-02
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 724617 -- 572 words
GOLDEN - A key witness in the trial of gang member Francisco Martinez said Tuesday that fear of gang retaliation kept him from going to police with information about the gruesome rape and murder of 14-year-old Brandaline "Brandy" Duvall.

Jose "Uncle Joe" Martinez, 52, testified Tuesday that he allowed members of the Bloods gang inside his north Denver home one night last August. It was there, police say, that gang members raped and tortured the young girl. Martinez Click for complete article ($1.95)
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Witness details slaying, sex assault of teenage girl
David Olinger Denver Post Staff Writer
August 29, 1998; Page B-02
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 725034 -- 659 words
GOLDEN - In the quiet confines of a wood-paneled courtroom, a gang leader told a horror story Friday of life among the Bloods and the violent death of a 14-year-old girl.

Testifying in handcuffs and an orange prison suit, Sam Quintana told a Jefferson County jury that he and six other gang members took turns sexually assaulting Brandaline "Brandy" Duvall for two hours, then agreed in her presence that she had to die.

In a voice barely above a whisper, Quintana recalled
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Prosecution rests in trial over rape-slaying of girl
Ginny McKibben Denver Post Staff Writer
September 2, 1998; Page B-12
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 725346 -- 406 words
GOLDEN - The prosecution rested its case Tuesday against Francisco Martinez after showing jurors graphic photos of the injuries inflicted on Brandaline "Brandy" Duvall, the 14-year-old girl who spent the last hours of her life being raped, kicked, beaten and stabbed.

The photographs were introduced during the testimony of Dr. Ben Galloway, who did the autopsy on the teenager's body after it was recovered from the bottom of an embankment at Clear Creek on Aug. 31, 1997.
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Duvall slay case in hands of jury Suspect declines to testify at trial
Ginny McKibben Denver Post Staff Writer
September 3, 1998; Page B-02
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 725394 -- 461 words
GOLDEN - A Jefferson County jury will begin deliberating the fate of Francisco Martinez today, one of seven gang members linked to the brutal rape and slaying of 14-year-old Brandaline "Brandy" Duvall in the spring of 1997. The 12 jurors must sift through a maze of witness accounts colored by inconsistencies, different perspectives, and hidden motives revealed during the 13 days of trial, defense attorney David Kaplan said.

"The most difficult part of this trial is
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Martinez guilty of murder Judges to decide life or death sentence
Ginny McKibben Denver Post Staff Writer
September 4, 1998; Page B-01
Section: DENVER AND WEST
Article ID: 725562 -- 497 words
GOLDEN - In less than three hours, a Jefferson County jury Thursday found gang member Francisco Martinez guilty of first-degree murder for the gang rape, torture and stabbing death of 14-year-old Brandaline "Brandy" Duvall.

Martinez, 24, will be the first of Colorado's convicted killers whose fate - death by lethal injection or life in prison without parole - will be decided by a three-judge panel instead of the jury.

The sentencing hearing must begin within 60 days
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 6th, 2005, 10:51am »

This is TERRIBLE! How could ANYBODY mistaken a woman for being a gang member and do something like this. angry
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 6th, 2005, 10:54am »

The other major news source for this tragedy was 'The Rocky Mountain News' www.rockymountainnews.com
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BODY ID'D AS THAT OF DENVER TEEN
Published on June 4, 1997.
SOURCE: Rocky Mountain News staff Authorities Monday identified a body found on a highway embankment Saturday as that of a 14-year-old Denver girl.A motorist discovered Brandaline "Brandy'' Duvall's body off U.S. 6 along Clear Creek about a mile west of Tunnel 1. She reportedly was a honors student. Jefferson County sheriff's deputies said she was last seen alive late Friday. Cuts were found on her body and an autopsy was conducted Monday. To report information, call 138 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)
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STEPDAD WAS LAST TO LEARN DAUGHTER SLAIN DESPITE FAMILY BREAKUP, 'I CONSIDER HER MY OWN'
Published on June 5, 1997.
SOURCE: John C. Ensslin
Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer A basket of freshly cut flowers stood in one corner of Karl Metzger's living room Wednesday, an apology of sorts from his estranged wife's employer. Metzger had called his wife's office Monday to offer her use of a car. "She's not here,'' Metzger said the employee told him. "Her daughter's been murdered.''That was the first word the Denver tow-truck driver had that his 14-year-old stepdaughter was dead.Brandaline "Brandy'' 460 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)
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3 ARRESTED, 2 SOUGHT IN TEEN'S SLAYING BREAK IN CASE LEADS INVESTIGATORS TO HOUSE IN ADAMS COUNTY WHERE GIRL WAS HELD
Published on June 17, 1997.
SOURCE: John C. Ensslin
Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer Investigators Monday arrested three gang members and searched for two others in connection with the slaying of a 14-year-old Denver girl found dead along Clear Creek. The five are suspected in the death of Brandaline DuVall, whose partially nude body was discovered May 31 about a mile west of Tunnel No. 1 near Golden.DuVall had been seen last on May 30 in Denver. A break in the case last week led investigators to a house in unincorporated Adams County where she was held the day after she 377 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)
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GANG MEMBER ADMITS ROLE IN 2 DEATHS
Published on August 16, 1997.
SOURCE: Hector Gutierrez
Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer A gang member has pleaded guilty for his role in the murders of a teen-age girl and a young mother within a 10-month span in Jefferson County.Samuel Quintana, 24, of Westminster pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree sexual assault and second-degree murder in the killing of 14-year-old Brandaline Duvall, whose partially clothed body was found in May along Clear Creek near Golden.Quintana also pleaded guilty for his role in the July 19, 1996, assault rifle slaying of Venus Montoya, 234 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)
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SUSPECT SOUGHT IN GIRL'S DEATH
Published on August 19, 1997.
SOURCE: Rocky Mountain News Staff and wire reports Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man wanted in the slaying of a 14-year-old Denver girl. Danny Martinez, 25, is wanted on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault on a child in connection with the death of Brandaline DuVall. Her body was discovered May 31 along Clear Creek. Six other men already have been arrested in the slaying. Martinez is 5 feet 6, 190 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. To report information, call 173 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)
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RULING SPARES 2 KILLERS
Published on February 25, 2003.
SOURCE: Karen Abbott
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS The Colorado Supreme Court spared the lives of two convicted murderers Monday, ordering judges in El Paso and Jefferson counties to resentence them to life in prison.George Woldt and Francisco Martinez Jr. will serve their new life terms without the possibility of parole under the court's unanimous ruling. Justice Nathan Coates, until recently a prosecutor in Denver, didn't participate to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.Woldt, 26, and Martinez, 29, were 1158 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)
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MOM OF SLAIN GIRL GRAPPLES WITH RULING
Published on February 25, 2003.
SOURCE: Tillie Fong
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS After a six-year roller coaster of emotions, Angela Metzger didn't think it could get worse.But Monday, it did. "They let me down, they let Brandy down,'' said the 45-year-old optical lab technician, whose daughter Brandaline "Brandy'' Duvall was raped and killed by gang members. Francisco Martinez, 29, was sentenced to death for her killing, but it was switched to life in prison Monday. "I was always brought up to believe that what the judges say, goes . . 567 words, Rocky Mountain News
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 8th, 2005, 4:17pm »

This link has a picture of 'Brandy' showing her as the joyful and friendly person and angel she was and is. I apologise for the offender pics which are also shown. I wish these evildoers could just be forgotten. Let's above all remember our bright angel 'Brandy'. smiley
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 10th, 2005, 11:20pm »

View Brandy's Memorial on Find A Grave:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=41&GSmid=46559264&GRid=10434955&pt=Brandaline%20Rose%20Duvall&

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« Reply #9 on: Feb 13th, 2005, 05:08am »

I'm reposting a link from the 1st post because i feel we should remember the touching words of Brandaline's mother:
http://www.westworld.com/issues/1999-06-03/feature2.html

Angela Metzger ( Brandaline's mother ) doesn't want Brandy to become just another victim in one of those textbook cases the lawyers are so fond of spitting back and forth at each other. She doesn't want them to forget that Brandy was once a real little girl.

Already she can feel the tears, never more than a memory away, waiting to spill over. So she begins while she still can. "I want to tell you a little bit about Brandy," she says, looking up at the row of impassive judges.

"She was fourteen years old, and she was a shy person."
This is the only good thing about testifying: It gives Angela an opportunity to talk about the little girl she knew. The good student. The athlete. The teenager who was still shy about her body.

"And now I go to the mountain where she died," Angela says. "I pick up the rocks that have dried blood on them, and I put them in my yard, because I don't want them up there. I don't want people seeing them or walking on them or driving on them.

"And I have there to go, and I have her grave to go to and just sit there and talk to her, and I don't get to hear her calling me 'Mom' anymore, hear her voice or see her or hug her or...," she wraps her arms around herself and weeps, "Oh, God, she had the best touch."

With an effort, Angela moves on to thank God that the last words she and her daughter said to each other were words of love. "She loved me a lot. That girl loved me a lot, and I could feel it, and now I don't feel it no more. And now I don't even care about life. I don't care about nothing."

Her husband has had to suffer the loss of both his wife and stepdaughter. "I look at him and his boys," Angela says, "and I think, 'Why? Why do you get your kids?' Why does he get them, and I don't get mine? What did I do? She didn't do nothin'. She's just a little girl. And how come everybody else gets their kids, and I don't get to see mine, or touch mine, or tell her I love her?"

Failure eats at her every day. Parents are supposed to keep their children safe, and she didn't. "Everyone knows that that's the way it is...But I couldn't save her. I couldn't help her. I couldn't comfort her."

Maybe, she says, if she's good, there'll be a chance to atone in the future. "If I'm lucky enough, I'll be with her again, because I know she's in a good place, and I got to work real hard so I can be with her, and that's the only thing I think that keeps me going...that I get to see her again.

"I got to tell her I love her, and I just got to hold her, and I got to apologize to her for not helping her, for not being able to do something, and that's my hell."

Angela reaches the end. But, as always, she has the feeling that there's something else she should have said, some word to describe the emptiness. She wipes away a tear. "I wish I could make you understand."
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« Reply #10 on: Feb 16th, 2005, 10:40am »

Brandaline's boyfriend wrote a poem to honor Brandaline and remember the happier times. embarassed

http://www.expage.com/brandypoem

Not a day goes by that I donít think of you.
I sometimes wonder what would have been if you were still here with me.
Then Iím taken away to days long forgotten, the days when you were here.
The days when we would chase each other around the yard as lovesick children do.
The night ride trips up to the mountains, how we would sit in the back seat the
Entire time and watch the stars.
I canít help but smile when I think of those times,
But I cry as I write them now.
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« Reply #11 on: Feb 25th, 2005, 2:30pm »

PattyDee sent me this photograph of Brandy's gravestone. She asked me to post this. I am going to take this on over to Find A Grave and post it as well. At least this victim was able to be brought home and given a decent burial.

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See Brandy's Memorial Here:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=41&GSmid=46559264&GRid=10434955&pt=Brandaline%20Rose%20Duvall&
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« Reply #12 on: Feb 27th, 2005, 10:13am »

A very kind, bighearted man named Jeff Krump took the time to locate Brandaline's grave and photograph it for us. http://img151.exs.cx/img151/671/brandyg39dq.jpg
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One of my hopes is that the urban youth will realise through tragedies such as this that there's nothing cool about 'gangs'. Hollywood produced a film entitled 'Colors' about 15 years ago, where the Los Angeles street gang the 'Bloods' were somewhat favorably portrayed. Alienated youth in other cities emulated this 'film image' of a street gang in the hope of having a chance to be someone and to belong.
Remembering Brandaline will help destroy this aura of fame that this Hollywood film irresponsibly gave to a criminal street gang.
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Jeff also kindly went to this heartbreaking location a mile west of Golden, Co. on highway 6 along the Clear Creek River and photographed the memorial for Brandaline on the spot where she was stabbed a total of 28 times by one of the gang members and then shoved into the ravine and left to bleed to death. Despite being handcuffed and mortally wounded Brandaline desperately wanted to live and tried to climb back up to the highway and possible rescue only to repeatedly lose her balance and fall back into the ravine.
http://img27.exs.cx/img27/8532/brandym111dw.jpg
http://img78.exs.cx/img78/150/brandym38ab.jpg
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« Reply #13 on: May 31st, 2005, 05:32am »

Thinking of Brandy today on this date of her passing. She may be gone now, but she's never been forgotten

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« Reply #14 on: May 12th, 2008, 5:26pm »

Hello, I came across the story of Brandy from a google search, and then found this page after more research on what happened.

The details of this atrocity make it one of the worst I've heard of, and it has put me in a somber mood knowing these things have happened.

I want to thank you for this thread, and I hope that simply Brandy's parents and people who survive her do well and find peace.
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