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    Update: Hundreds Gather To Say Goodbye To Anne Pressly

    5:19 PM, Oct 30, 2008   |    comments
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    It was a celebration of Anne Pressly's life as mourners honored the 26-year-old through songs of praise and scripture.

    Melissa Dunbar-Gates, Pressly's best friend read a passage. "Psalm 16 was the theme verse at a Beth Moore conference that Anne and I went to in August in San Antonio. In the past week, its brought me strength," she said.

    Remembering her short but full life was the purpose. Anne's parents leaned on their faith.

    The Rt. Rev. TJ Johnston explains, "Words like joy and happiness and energy and cheery. I don't know how anyone that cheers at that hour of the morning, but it was just stuff that she did. See I don't think that stuff ends. I think it just gets better."

    More than 800 people attended the memorial service including employees from all the Little Rock television stations, police officers, those who never knew Anne, and countless family members and friends.

    Mourner Jean DeWese says, "Every time I saw her she remembered me by name. I didn't know her by name, but she would always come into the store where I work and just asked me how I was doing. You could just see sunshine coming out of her every time you met her."

    During the nearly two hour service, the Rt. Rev. Philip Jones told mourners that no parent wants to outlive his or her child.

    "God was there that night with Anne when she was being murdered and God is there in your suffering and in the evil," Jones explained.

    Jones went on to say that there's no more crying or pain in heaven.

    "I think she is celebrating her new life in heaven. I just know that everyone is really going to miss her," says mourner Lisa Archer.

    Cherishing the warmth and joy Anne brought to everyone, her shining life missed but never forgotten. 

    DeWese says, "She touched so many lives, and I know she was looking down on us."

    Guy and Patti Cannady, Pressly's parents, are working on establishing a scholarship fund for journalism students in their daughter's honor.

    The 26-year-old died Saturday of injuries suffered in a brutal attack at her home. Meanwhile, police say they still don't have any suspects, and they're keeping tight-lipped about any evidence they might have.

    LRPD's Lt. Terry Hastings says, "Anything that we see that is going to put the public in danger we are going to release that. Anything that we see that we need the public's help in catching this individual we are going to release that. What we have we are looking at very closely, and we are using every resource possible to us to figure this out."

    Police are still treating the attack as a random robbery. 

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