She gave the best hugs, loved riding on the back of her fathers motorcycle and did not take pranks lightly.

Thats how friends and family remembered Annabelle Pomeroy, who at 14 died brutally and far too young in a madmans Texas church massacre.

She was a very special lady, Pastor Mark Collins said at the teens funeral Monday in the First Baptist Church of La Vernia, according to the Seguin Gazette. I remember the first time I laid eyes on Annabelle and (her sister) Marina. We were having vacation Bible school and … all they wanted to do was hug on me.

Annabelle was one of 26 worshippers, including a pregnant woman, who were slaughtered on Nov. 5 when Devin Kelley, 26, opened fire on the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Her adoptive parents, Sherri and Frank Pomeroy, the pastor of the church, were out of town during the massacre.

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Their daughter was a loving girl who dreamed of becoming a sign language interpreter and wanted to train service dogs, mourners said.

After the mass killing, therapy dogs were brought in to help comfort survivors and local residents.

Frank said, We would not be able to walk anywhere in the last few days because (Annabelle) would have been having her arms wrapped around every dog that she saw, Collins, who heads the Yorktown First Baptist Church, told mourners. She would have been so overjoyed to see the outpouring of service dogs like theres never been in La Vernia and Sutherland Springs.

She was tough and adventurous, too, her friends said. Belle loved riding with her dad on his motorcycle and was always one of the first to venture into Canyon Lake on church trips.

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When she figured out her brother and his friends had given her a fake video game controller, she decided they had another thing coming.

She socked me right in the head! one young man, who said he had grown up with her brothers Korey and Kameron, recalled between tears. She did have a feisty streak in her.

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