The short life of a short girl

Lilly St. Angelo

In the late hours of a summer weekend night in June, Lilly St. Angelo was out with her friends doing what teenagers do in Indiana: taking a late-night snack run to the local grocery. As the 17-year old girl stepped out of her car and scampered to catch up with her friends, a black car with no lights on pulled out and in their hurry did not see the teen behind them. The driver claimed later that she was not visible to him and that he was in no hurry at all but other reports deny the latter part of this claim. However the driver and ultimately the person who ended the life of Lilly St. Angelo did have one thing right, the girl was short.

Standing at 4’11, St. Angelo was no common teenage girl when it came to the growth department. In the one percentile of height in her age group, she had always been on the small side but never in her life, her friends say, did she think it would get in her way. Her friends say she was most proud of her accomplishments in her violin playing and her writing for the school paper. She loved to spend time with children, travel, write, and wander for hours in art museums, libraries, parks and anywhere where there was a little whimsy. Her favorite books were the Harry Potter books and if she could pick one, her brother said she would probably pick the fourth book, The Goblet of Fire. She loved a good chic flic and her friends say that she especially loved 27 Dresses a movie about a forever bridesmaid who falls in love with a newspaper reporter. Anyone who really knew Lilly knows that she had a knack for being more like a middle aged mom than a teenage girl. Her favorite show was Downton Abbey on PBS, a drama about an aristocratic English family living in the early 1900’s. Her parents said that she was fascinated with history and longed to live in the past most of the time.

One of the most significant points in the 17 year old’s life was when she was able to travel to Austria with her orchestra for a trip that made a large impression on her. Her orchestra was able to perform in St. Stephen’s cathedral and Esterhazy Palace and be surrounded by the musical history in Vienna and Saltzburg. Lilly treasured these memories and vowed that she would be using her passport significantly more once she was out of the house.
Her father said, “She had a short life and she was a short girl, but she had big dreams.”

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