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Students, community honor Kaylie Juga at football game

Posted: 8:57 AM, Sep 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-21 10:13:52-04

KENOSHA — Students and the community gathered to honor Kaylie Juga during the football game at Bradford High School on Friday night.

The 15-year-old was shot and killed inside her Kenosha home in May. Her mother was also shot but survived.

Prosecutors believe Kaylie Juga's ex-boyfriend, 16-year-old Martice Fuller, pulled the trigger.

The Bradford High School Cheerleading team put together a memorial routine for Kaylie, displaying her picture, her cheer shoes, and her poms. The team placed flowers by each of them.

"We miss her so much, like beyond belief, but I'm so happy we got to do it," said teammate Gianna Pignotti-Wojtak.

On Tuesday, the Kenosha Unified School District said no to the cheer team's plan to honor Kaylie.

The District said it needed to follow legal advice to remain neutral, as another former student is charged in the murder. The administration reversed its decision on Wednesday.

That allowed friends and the community to focus on remembering Kaylie's legacy.

"She would always make a room light up with her smile, anytime, or her laugh, her laugh is...you can always remember her laugh.

I can hear it all the time, it's just very memorable," said friend Jenna Tranberg, who has known Kaylie her whole life.

Across the street from the high school, the community held a second memorial and fundraiser for the Juga family.

They walked across the street to display a path of candles in Kaylie's honor. A trail of motorcyclists also drove up to the support the community.

Tranberg said the community support is rewarding.

"I think it’s really great seeing everyone come together yet again for her it just shows how important she was for everyone," Tranberg said.

It's with that spirit friends and the community believe Kaylie will always be remembered.

"I’m glad this was able to happen," said friend and former teammate Vanessa Arellano, "And glad to see everyone came out for Kaylie, and that I love her and I’ll always miss her."