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'A shy and naive girl'

Loved ones say goodbye to 18-year-old Ashley MacDonald, who was shot by police after a dispute with her mother.

September 07, 2006|By Purnima Mudnal

MacDonald was a "shy and very naive girl," Guy, a single mother, said. She loved the Harry Potter series, especially Hermione Granger, Potter's best friend and also a brilliant student at Hogwarts. MacDonald repeatedly drew pictures of Granger as well as other Harry Potter characters. She was enrolled at Coast Adult School.

MacDonald was about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed about 120 pounds, according to friends, who plan to continue protesting outside the Huntington Beach Police Department building near City Hall, the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's office, Vicki Saylors said.

Her daughter Amanda was MacDonald's best friend and read a poem, "Our angel from up above," at the funeral service Wednesday.


"It was totally unjustifiable," Saylors said. "They didn't give her a chance."

"People forget she stabbed her mother," said Carmen Diaz, a tenant in the Huntington Highlander complex where Macdonald lived. She described MacDonald as a skinny girl who was always hanging out near the front of the apartment complex.

"It's awful she died but you have to see the whole picture," Diaz said.

MacDonald was buried at the Good Shepherd Cemetery, 8301 Talbert Ave., after Wednesday's funeral services.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Ashley MacDonald's friend Amanda Saylors wrote this poem about Ashley.

Our Angel From Up Above

Me, Delana and Ashley were partners in crime,

Together we spent all of our time.

When Ashley was here I had no fear,

To be myself around all of our peers.

When that morning I woke to hear my brother choke,

Then he told me the news and my heart broke.

They took Ashley's life,

But only because she possessed a small knife.

My eyes filled with tears as I thought of the years that the three of us were best friends,

But I know now that she will be in our hearts until the very end.

Whether Ashley's here or not we haven't forgotten, all the good times that we shared.

Ashley was a good person and she was amazing, and we all know that she cared.

And now each one of us knows how special she was, and we hope she knows it, too.

Ashley, you're our angel from up above, and we'll never stop loving you.

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