Friends, family, strangers honor the life of 23-year-old Micayla Medek

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DENVER -- “We’re all a little weird and life’s a little weird.”  Those are Micayla Medek’s words. She is the 23-year-old who described herself as a "Subway Sandwich artist".

She was one of the 12 who were killed at the Century 16 theater in Aurora last Friday.  Friends, family and people who never met her gathered to remember the young lady with a bright smile who loved Hello Kitty. Many of the mourners wore bright pink in honor of Micayla.

People packed the funeral service at New Hope Baptist Church in Denver.

Micayla’s sister, Amanda, clutched a picture of her throughout the nearly two-hour service.  Pink flowers decorated the church and photo montages of Micayla were there to remind those who loved her so much about happy times.

Governor John Hickenlooper and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan offered words of comfort  to the families, and friends recalled her life with both tears and laughter.

Amanda Medek said she was unable to write anything for her sister, because words couldn’t describe her.  Instead, she read her favorite poem.

The family wept as Micayla’s casket was taken to a hearse. As it drove away, they called after it, “Goodbye Micayla. We love you.”

By Jene Nelson