Updated 03/21/2013 06:48 PM
Police release vehicle description in fatal hit and run
The same day friends and family of Shequila Brown come together to say goodbye to the teen, police get a break in the case. YNN's John Wagner has more on the funeral held for the Poughkeepsie girl killed in a hit and run accident March 13th.
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- With a sense of hope that overcomes fear, Beulah Baptist memorializes the life of Poughkeepsie High School senior Shequila Brown.
"Shequila will be remembered for the love in her eyes, her smile, the beauty she had for other people," said Frances Gordon, whose daughter was very close with Shequila.
"The things that people were saying was just too much to bear," said Dominique McGue, one of Shequila's best friends. "People cared about her and she didn't even know. She didn't know."
The shy young woman may have walked softly, but she left large footprints on her community. The church filled every seat, every spot to stand, even turning some away. Despite her tragic death in an unsolved hit and run, faith emerges to numb the pain.
"I know I'm not going to say goodbye. This is a goodnight. I will see her again," said Nandie Clark, a friend from Poughkeepsie High School's Sister 2 Sister program.
"It was a hit and run," said Rashawn Leary, Shequila's "left hand" and a best friend. "There's a chance they'll find it, there's a chance they won't. But at the end of the day, we need to know that she's in a better place and she's going to be doing fine."
The first break in the case came with help from a tipster. Police have confirmed that a dark red or black pickup truck was last seen running a red light the next block over after hitting Shequila.
The truck has "dually" style rear wheels, a silver or grey toolbox in the black and a large front chrome grill. Police also say the tailgate was down or missing.
"If you see one, spot it, report it and if they have to get it checked out to find if that's the person, I think that's really important," said another friend of the family.
"It would give me closure to know there's justice," said Nandie Clark.
Left without her, Shequila's family and friends try to focus on the 18 years they have to cherish.
"Shequila's going to leave a great impact on everyone at the high school," said Frances Gordon. "She never really knew she was loved the way she was."
"We leave this celebration with hope," said Beulah Baptist's Reverend Jesse Bottoms. "Everything that came out of this situation and will come out will be positive and we thank God for hope.”
Anyone who sees a vehicle matching the description is asked to contact Poughkeepsie police at (845) 451-4000.