Celebration of life held for woman killed in shooting near CSU

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Family and friends gathered at Dekovend Park in Centennial on a chilly fall day to say goodbye to Savannah McNealy.

The theme of the celebration of life was reflective of McNealy's love of family, friends music and art, which she studied at Colorado State University.

“There are lots of colors," family friend Melissa Cox said. "I don’t think she would be satisfied if people were in mourning. She lived life and that's what she wants all of us to do.”

Cox said McNealy was popular, adventuresome, and always put family and friends first.

McNealy and one other person were shot and killed at an apartment complex near the CSU campus early Thursday. The gunman then killed himself.

Fellow students joined family and members of the Young Life organization to give each other support.

McNealy changed the path of many in need of guidance through her work with Young Life.

Cox said the loss of the vibrant, loving and kind young woman is devastating.

“We're all still in shock so healing's yet to come," she said.

After reflections on her life and contributions to the community as a daughter, sister, friend and volunteer with the Young Life organization, a peaceful song was played, then colorful balloons were released into the fall sky.

McNealy leaves behind her parents, a sister and a large extended family.

They are asking that donations be made to the Young Life organization in her memory.