Illinois Teen Dies From Alcohol Poisoning; Nearly 1,000 People Attend Memorial Service
Bree Scheiner, a student at Pekin Community High School in Pekin, Ill., tragically lost her life on February 20 from asphyxiation due to alcohol poisoning, an autopsy said. She was only 17 years old, and, judging by the near 1,000 people who attended her memorial service, she was loved.
Family, friends and students gathered in Henderson Funeral Home to celebrate the life of the high school junior. The space was adorned with ribbons in Bree's favorite color, purple.
"I just wanted to show my respect and love to her," freshman Travis Platt, dressed in purple, told the Peoria Journal Star. "Tell her, even though she's not here, I'm still here for her."
Bree's friend, Adrianna "Addy" Alexander, was also in attendance. They just had a sleepover the Friday before Bree passed away. "I wanted to go home yesterday from school; it was hard," Addy said. "But I know she's in a better place and I really don't consider her dead. I just think she's sleeping. She's sleeping really hard right now."
What happened leading up to Bree's death is unclear. She was found unresponsive at a local residence, and three adults have been arrested in the case, which involves unlawful delivery of alcohol to a minor.
"The only thing that I hope that comes from this is it opens one kid's eyes to what can happen to them," Bree's grandmother, Jeanna Hippen, said. "And if it saves one life -- not that anything would be worth it -- but at least it was for something."
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