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One year ago Friday, Brandy Stevens-Rosine, 20, of Beaver Township went missing. It would be a week before police in Crawford County, Pa. would discover her body buried in a shallow grave near the home of one of the women suspected in her death.
Friday night, Stevens-Rosine’s family and friends honored her with a candlelight vigil held at the bench donated in her memory on YSU’s campus. Stevens-Rosine had been a student there.
“I miss her every day, every day, it’s hard,” said Stevens-Rosine’s mother Carrie Rosine. “There’s a big part of me that’s missing, and I can never replace that.”
Stevens-Rosine died May 17, 2012. Pennsylvania State Police didn’t find her body until a week later. The coroner ruled she had been buried barely alive. Ashley Barber, 19, and Jane Olmstead, 19, confessed to the crime. They have yet to be tried or convicted pending psychological evaluations.
“It’s just, it’s just a process, and it’s been a hard process to deal with,” said Rosine.
Rosine said a trial has been set for September where the judge will consider the mental evaluations of both suspects.
“I don’t accept it as closure because, I mean, it’s going to be part of me that’s going to be there forever,” said Rosine. “But I also know in my heart that the right thing will happen.”
During the vigil, family and friends came together and lit candles, prayed, and shared stories about Stevens-Rosine.
While they came to mourn the loss of a young life, they said they are comforted in knowing they have one another to lean on.
“All I can do is use what she taught me as a person and to love every day and to live every day to its fullest” said Rosine.