Too Young to Die: Vanessa Wilson

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Vanessa Wilson often did the “Wobble.”

The 14-year-old girl occasionally went to her mother and cousin’s place of employment-a spray vitamin company-when she didn’t have school and tried to master the hip-hop “Wobble” dance, which accompanies a song with the same name by rapper V.I.C. “She would have us all laughing around here,” her cousin, Nikki Adame, told msnbc.com.

Vanessa was a freshman at Camelback High School in her hometown of Phoenix, Ariz. A shy teenager who acted goofy only around her friends, she eventually adjusted to high school and was prepared to join school clubs. Even though Vanessa was a “late bloomer,” Adame said, she was involved in ceremonies during the junior varsity football games, including running across the field carrying a flag. She recently became interested in baking and asked her cousin to provide lessons. For Adame’s birthday in February, Vanessa made a brownie cake, one of her first creations, which, despite Vanessa’s worries, everyone gobbled up “in a heartbeat,” said Adame, who is also Vanessa’s former baby sitter.

Vanessa was the youngest of three children and the only sibling who lived at home with her mother. Vanessa and her mother had similar personalities; both were adventurous and determined. They enjoyed attending local festivals and shopping.

“Her and her mom were ‘peas in a pod,’ ” Adame said.

Vanessa and her mother Christina were found shot to death in their Phoenix home on March 11 in a double murder-suicide allegedly committed by Christina’s boyfriend.

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Too Young to Die: Vanessa Wilson

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