Velma Teen Remembered on One Year Murder Anniversary

A Velma convenience store clerk is awaiting trial for cutting 16 year old Braylee Rae Henry's life short.

But the tragic death of the teen has not stopped residents from honoring her even before today's one year anniversary date.

Memorials to 16 year old Braylee Henry are all over the small town of Velma, but especially at the high school where was a leader and an athlete.

"You walk in the gym from ball games to graduation or whatever and the first thing you see on the right is a memorial to her," says Mike Thompson, principal at Velma-Alma High School.

That memorial shows the accomplishments the teen made during her short life.

From running track to competing in pageants to showing showing sheep and becoming president of FFA. Braylee is now the silent angel whose star will forever shine bright.

But her memory lives on beyond this foyer.

"Come out on the gym floor to play a basketball game and you can keep from seeing her running her up and down the court and she's honored on the court with the wings," Thompson explains.

Braylee is also honored at the last place she was seen, the Tee Pee Totem convenience store, where a sign informed customers that the business was closed in her memory.

The biggest tribute to Braylee came a few weeks after her death when the city renamed School's Way to Braylee's Way.

Despite all the tributes, residents say her sudden death still tears at their hearts.

But they say that pain is slowly being replaced with fond memories.

"You start thinking about the tall girl that we all talked about, the smile on her face, how she cared about life and how she cared about her friends and family," Thompson says.

Miles Bench is charged with the first degree murder of Braylee.

His trial is set to begin August 19th.

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