Elmore Co. murder victim laid to rest

Published: Feb. 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM CST
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ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) - Many are still lost for words as they pay their final respect to 20-year-old Anna Catherine Cardwell; a girl everybody knew for her smile.

"She was just very friendly, very well-liked, this one hurts bad. It has really hit our community hard," Deatsville resident Melisa Flowers said.

Flowers said her daughter and Anna were close.

"This could have been any of our children," Flowers said.

A college student's life that was tragically cut short after police say this man shot her four times because she told a friend girl not to date him.

"This is a wake up call for all these teenagers to not take everything so personal you know," Flowers said.

Anna was a 2010 graduate of Holtville High School and a sophomore at Southern Union Junior College.

Brett Wilson and Anna had been friends since first grade.

"What could go through somebody's head take you know a friend, not just to me, but to everybody. It's a feeling you just can't explain," Wilson said.

Wilson reflects on his final conversation with Anna Tuesday night.

"I mean it was normal; nothing out of the ordinary. We were such close friends, we told each other everything and she would have told if something was wrong and she didn't. She seemed like her happy self," Wilson said.

Little did she know, that would be her last day. He says now she's resting in a better place.

"She will be missed," Wilson said.

Two men have been charged and are behind bars in connection with Cardwell's shooting death on large cash bonds.

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