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The Last: Friends say slain teenager looked out for classmates

GLENSIDE, Pa. – The Latest in the life of a teenage girl who authorities say was killed and dismembered by her adoptive mother and the mother of the boyfriend (all times are local):

3:25 pm

Hundreds of people in the vicinity of Philadelphia have gathered to remember slain teenager as a kind-hearted girl who looked out for your classmates at school.

A memorial for a 14-year-old Grace Packer was held Monday on a Glenside church as her adoptive mother and the mother of the boyfriend sit in jail on rape and murder charges.

Friends of Abington Junior High say Grace would give them hugs or to help them with math homework.

They say that she appeared to be hungry at times and did not know that her adoptive mother loved her.

The police says Sara Packer and Jacob Sullivan were tortured and killed Grace last year and hid her body.

Organizers are raising money for a foundation to help foster children in need. They could call it “On Gracie’s Wings,” with a nod to the Grace, the love of butterflies.

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2:40 pm

A community near Philadelphia to gather to celebrate the life of a 14-year-old girl who authorities say was killed and dismembered by her adoptive mother and the mother of the boyfriend.

School parents describe Grace Packer as a bubbly teen who looked out for the lonely classmates at Abington Junior High School. A wake for Grace will be held Monday afternoon.

Organizer Andrea Green-Adams and others are also raising money to start a foundation to help foster children in need. They are tentatively called the “Gracie’s Wings,” with a nod to the Grace, the love of butterflies.

Sara Packer, and Jacob Sullivan are in custody pending a preliminary hearing Friday in the Grace of death.

The authorities say they killed Grace as part of a “rape-murder fantasy.” Sullivan has said that he is sorry for what he did.

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