There are still many questions after a teenage girl is found murdered in her Pearland home. What we do know is 16-year old Arrijana Hill was a praise dancer at her church, CrossRoads Community and she is well loved. "We're going to miss her. We miss her right now," says her Pastor Christopher Hartwell. As investigators work to figure out who murdered the teen, her loved ones say they are searching for strength after such a shocking, tracking and heartbreaking blow. "Wow. It's...I'm sorry," says Pastor Hartwell as tears form in his eyes and he pauses to regain his composure.
Hill was found dead by her father in her family's Pearland home in a gated community Friday afternoon. "I can not even describe to you how painful (this is) because it's an unexpected tragedy," Hartwell says.
According to Pearland Police the 16-year old Dawson High School Junior was murdered and did not die of natural causes. Her parents haven't been back to their Pearland home since their daughter was found dead there. They've been staying with their Pastor. "When they want to talk we are here. When they want to cry we give them a shoulder. You wouldn't want to go back there. My wife and I together said, 'no, you're not going back. You're going to stay with us as long as you want and need to," explains Pastor Hartwell.
Arrijana, her older brother, younger brother and her parents have been members of CrossRoads Community Church since Arrijana was just 4-years-old. "She was everything a middle child is. She was sweet. She was passive/aggressive, outgoing, fun, giggled, smiled. She could cook. We had to do worship differently yesterday (Sunday) because there was a great darkness on our church. The entire church is grieving," Pastor Hartwell explains.
Pearland Police investigators say they are awaiting autopsy results before releasing how the teenager died. A prayer vigil is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at CrossRoads Community Church. At Dawson High where Arrijana ran track and played volleyball grief counselors are on hand to help her classmates cope after such an amazing girl was taken in something as vicious and ugly as murder. "She was pure and innocent. She was a beautiful princess and just taken too soon," says Pastor Hartwell.