Loved ones recall an artistic, fiery, bright young girl
Stacey Mulick; The News Tribune
Published: May 21st, 2006 01:00 AM
Adre’anna Jackson was a fixture at the Tillicum library, and often bragged she was its best patron.
She knew her wrenches and pliers, and could anticipate which tool David Anderson, a pastor at her church, needed when she helped him work on cars at Harry Todd Park.
She was a budding gardener and helped her mom plant summer-blooming bulbs in the raised dirt bed outside their Tillicum apartment.
She was a striking 10-year-old girl whose world was anchored in one of the roughest parts of Pierce County, a neighborhood teetering on the edges of crime, poverty and revival.
Hers was a world highlighted by bicycle rides, laughs over jokes printed in Laffy Taffy wrappers, made-up games with friends and raising guinea pigs. It also was shadowed by parents who didn’t work consistently, who kept their distance from relatives and who had problems of their own.
To many in the South Sound, Adre’anna is the little girl with the big smile doing cartwheels in a home video that wallpapered television news reports after she disappeared Dec. 2. The video, shot last summer at a friend’s house, played again and again four months and two days later after two boys found her body in a blackberry thicket less than two miles from her home.
Mystery still shrouds what happened to the slight, strawberry blonde girl. No suspects have been identified in her death. Lakewood police have offered no explanation for how Adre’anna, who was reportedly last seen heading to school on a snowy morning, ended up in an undeveloped lot on the other side of Interstate 5.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office still has not ruled how Adre’anna died and why.
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