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Miranda Beth Trump

Age 18

Bent Mountain, Virginia

Three friends killed in Bent Mountain

Her community was “a small taste of heaven,” where neighbors were trusting and always willing to lend a helping hand.

She graduated from high school with honors and planned to attend the University of Pittsburgh. Working at Bent Mountain Bistro, she became friends with two coworkers, who were roommates, along with a homeless teenager they had invited to live with them.

Miranda Beth Trump, 18, was shot to death with her two friends in Bent Mountain, Virginia, by the homeless teen on June 12, 2018. Her abandoned car was found by the gravel road leading to their home.

By Nicole Levi · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 40 college-bound seniors

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

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Trevon Fareed Richardson

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Steven J. Scott

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Caleb Kendall Bowman

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James Garrett

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Britney Malone

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Nicholas Dworet

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DeVaughn Lorenz Perkins

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Jairo Rodriguez

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