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Friends and Family Gather to Remember Cameron Gallagher

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Cameron's family says that just goes to show what kind of impact she had on those around her. Cameron's family says that just goes to show what kind of impact she had on those around her.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - Members of the community gathered Wednesday to remember 16-year-old Cameron Gallagher, who died Sunday after finishing a half-marathon in Virginia Beach.

There was a huge line out the door of Bliley's Funeral Home. Cameron's family says that just goes to show what kind of impact she had on those around her.

"This is a testament to her life, and that she inspired so many people," says Cameron's father David Gallagher. "They are all here, waiting outside in the rain to come and say goodbye to her because she is such a wonderful person."

More than a thousand people came out to pay their respects and remember Cameron Gallagher.

"Her last day was a day of absolute glory," David Gallagher says. "She smiled the entire day, she ran her race."

"She died happy, she died accomplished," says cousin Bridget Mayfield. "And i think that's how we need to remember her."

Family and close friends say they'll focus on memories shared with Cameron.

"She was crazy, but fun," says friend Paige Wood. "So much energy. She always wanted to be around peopleā€¦. Just outgoing, and always making new friends.

"She was hilarious," says friend Hayley Hassett. "Always had something funny to say."

They say it's no surprise this many people showed up to say goodbye.

"She'd be ecstatic to see everyone here," Hassett says. "She'd be so happy to know all these people loved her."

"It's just amazing to see how many people she touched throughout her life," says Caroline Laing.

Cameron was a sophomore at Douglas Freeman High School and went to St. Gertrude her freshman year. She was also a long-time swimmer. Friends say an extremely passionate person..

Her father David hopes that passion will inspire others.

"Cameron woke up every day to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith," he says.

That's a message this community will carry on in her honor.

"Cameron's legacy is not complete. Cameron's legacy is going to continue."

Cameron's cause of death has yet to be determined, but her parents say it's believed to be cardiac related.

There will be a mass Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church. The burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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