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November 11, 2013
Dear Leyla,

I was in my English class and there was a flyer for a writing contest called blue4beban. I copied down the website, and I've just searched for it to see what it was like. It mentioned your first name, which rang a bell for me, and I poked around the website, discovering your photo. I first assumed you were the last winner of the contest, or that you'd organized it, but I soon found out that you had gone in 2012.

An overwhelming shock came over me, as I remembered you vividly then. The girl who shared a bunk with me at YMCA camp Jones Gulch, the girl in my cabin, right there, there with me that whole week. I knew her.

I didn't know you as personally as others may have, but I remember how you would read books during our free time. I remember how you were the only one who could tackle the "Mission Impossible" climbing wall, and I looked up to you.

I cannot believe how suddenly things can happen. I'd like to just say how much I miss you. We only knew each other for a short week at camp, but I'll remember you forever.

I pray for all those who love and miss you.

Rest peacefully in heaven.

Love,
Evelyn L.
December 27, 2012
To The Beban Family:
I found out about Leyla through the Nueva newsletter through Facebook.
I'm so sorry for your family's loss. And I have to tell you, I read Leyla's Nueva Graduation presentation online--and her incredible expressionism in her essay moved me beyond words.
In her short time, she has left an eternal impression upon the lives of so many people, yours-truly included.
I grieve with you in loss; but, at the same time, I'll forever marvel at your daughter's eternal gift she left upon everybody who has now had the joy of learning about the beauty of everything around us, thanks to Leyla.
May you please find peace in that assurance, within time.
Sincerely,
Mr. Alexei Cogan
December 24, 2012
I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to the Beban family and to all those who knew her and miss her now. I'd heard of the tragic news that day, in late November. I make that right turn from Jefferson, onto Avenida de las Pulgas on my bicycle and in my car often and this senseless tragedy has continued to weigh upon my mind when I pass by there, even though I never knew Leyla. I drove by this afternoon on my way to do some last minute shopping. I decided to turn around and stop at Leyla's memorial for a moment. My girlfriend and I had participated in a live Nativity scene a few nights ago and she had been dressed as an angel that night. I still had her white "halo" in the car. I hadn't pre-planned anything but it just occurred to me to place the little halo on the streetlamp memorial for Leyla. As a local resident and a veteran long distance bicyclist and bicycle advocate, I wish you and all who knew her some manner of peace this Christmas Eve and in the coming New Year.
December 18, 2012
Leyla,

A friend. You knew my sister better than I. You stood up or me. You were there, when others worent, although you didn't know me as we'll as get.

A poem I wrote for Leyla
You are a shining light, a fallen star.
I can reach out and touch.
But when I do , I slip
I slide down a path
One I know will not continue
Back to the beginning.
But I know I don't care.
I got to know you.
A friend to me
A sister to my sister
You. Are.
Remembered.
Forever
And
Always

<3 you Leyla
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