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Sharon Castro

Age 15

McLean, Virginia

She always helped those who struggled

She made a point of changing the style of her long hair frequently. At a figure skating competition, the front was clipped back. When she was dressed up, it laid straight. When she was cheerleading, it was braided or in a high ponytail.

She loved cheerleading for the freshman team at Oakton High School. She was known for her willingness to help those struggling and for song requests she made to the DJ while skating.

Sharon Castro, 15, was shot in McLean, Virginia, on Aug. 5, 2018, allegedly by her mother. She died six days later.

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