This fake obituary was written for my Journalism II course
Investigators continue to search for a suspect in the death of Savannah Lea Lawrence on Oct. 17 in Baltimore. She was a victim of homicide, dying at age 20 of multiple stab wounds.
Born in Annapolis, Md., she was the daughter of Melissa Lawrence, an elementary teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy, and John Lawrence, a corporate lawyer. She is survived by her two sisters, Kelly Lawrence, 23, and Morgan Lawrence, 16.
Savannah lived with her mother and sister, Morgan, in the community of Piney Orchard in Anne Arundel County.
She graduated Arundel High School in May 2013 and was a third-year student at Stevenson University.
She was studying business communication there, and she was also a member of the university’s honors program.
Savannah loved to read and write, and excelled in her classes. She always had a book in hand and spent many afternoons at bookstores and coffee shops, reading and unwinding from the stress of her studies.
An avid runner, Savannah participated in several local races. She was planning to run in the Baltimore Running Festival for the second time the day of her death. It would have been her third time running a half-marathon.
“She would wake up at 6 a.m. every Saturday to run 6 to 11 miles. She was so dedicated and inspiring,” her mother said.
“Savannah was a beautiful person inside and out. She cared immensely for her friends and family,” said her boyfriend, Blake Tagget.
Her family noted her sensitive, loving nature, saying she never forgot gifts or cards on any birthday or holiday. They loved having her cheerful spirit in their presence.
Savannah worked part time as a waitress at Coal Fire, a pizza restaurant. She started there as a hostess in the summer of 2012, and was a beloved employee and co-worker.
Her managers and co-workers described her as witty and confident.
Savannah had dreams of moving to Colorado after graduating from Stevenson University. She hoped to find happiness hiking the mountains and soaking in the scenery. She was planning to start a career and a family there as well.
She loved the outdoors, and spent much of her free time walking, biking and hiking. She hated being cooped up indoors on a sunny day.
Her family hopes her vibrant spirit will live on in memory. She is remembered as hardworking and full of love and life.
A memorial service is scheduled on Oct. 21 at her home on 715 Summertime Drive in Odenton at noon. All those wishing to pay their respects are welcome to attend.
A private funeral service for close friends and family members is scheduled on Oct. 25.