For the most part, emotions have settled. Tears have dried.
Now, when Emily Edwards looks back she smiles, even if just for a bit. Just like she used to in pictures, but plenty has changed.
The girl who always stood next to her is gone. Violence took her, by all accounts, too soon.
“Has been my best friend since we were about 4-years-old,” said Edwards.
Edwards showed FOX23 just how permanent that connection was, and still is.
“I got her initials tattooed on my wrist,” said Edwards.
K.F. for Kayla Ferrante.
“There’s a little bit of me missing,” said Edwards.
Edwin Daniels told police he shot Kayla. He said he thought the car she was riding in belonged to rival gang members.
“We’ve got probably 193 cold cases,” said Sgt. Dave Walker.
A tip led police to Daniels about two months after he admitted to shooting the 17-year-old.
“All we can do is the best we can do with what we’ve got,” said Walker.
Sometimes that’s not much.
Many binders in the homicide detective division are cases, some of them have dates, and some have pictures taped to them. Some detectives prefer they remain bare. It’s easier to work tough cases that way. Even so, the connection never fades.
“I definitely feel her all around every day,” said Edwards.
She and Kayla tended to special needs kids at Memorial High School.
“Some other kids are like ‘where’s my Kayla,” said Edwards.
She remains in their memories: through pictures, rubber bracelets, and for those closest to her, near their heart.
“Her aunt made the stone necklace for me and she put her ashes in there,” said Edwards.