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Unanswered Questions in Death of Grimes Teen

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Addie Olson



Aaliyah West, a 17-year-old from Grimes, was found dead at a party last month. Her friends have a lot of unanswered questions, the only thing they're sure of is just how much they'll miss her.

Aaliyah would have turned 18 last Sunday, but this year, her friends had to celebrate without her.

They sang happy birthday and released balloons at a vigil for the teen who was found dead at a house in Grimes on June 22nd.

Friends say people were drinking at a party there the night before police were called about Aaliyah. They have a lot of questions about just what happened to their friend.

"So many different stories, and everybody's saying something else," said Kelly Lynch. "Everybody just wants to know what exactly happened," added Lydia Kryzak.

Polk County Sheriff's Officials aren't releasing details right now. They will just say when they were called to the house, they found Aaliyah unresponsive.

"We don't want to rule anyone out at this point, but we want to look at all of the details and look into the investigation as closely as we can and make sure that we cover all of our bases," said Sgt. Brent Long of the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Until those questions are answered, Aaliyah's friends look at pictures to remember the past. But their favorite memories can't be captured by a photograph.

"The best memory anyone would ever have of her were just her hugs and her smiles that would light up a whole room," Kryzak said.

They'll remember things like her big bear hugs and the smell of her perfume. Most of all, they'll remember her smile.

"She was super bubbly and had an amazing smile," said Courtney Collins.

The group of friends remembered how her dimples made that smile purely Aaliyah's.

They laugh thinking of those memories now, and said Aaliyah will be watching over the ones that are yet to be made.

"She's still here," said  Emma Lovig. "She's not gone."

There is a memorial fund set up at Citibank in Grimes. The family hopes to raise enough money for a headstone.

Aaliyah would have been a senior this fall at Dallas Center Grimes.

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