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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - On the very same day Makayla Sitton was murdered, she wrote a friend from her dance class a letter.
Her parents found the letter after her death, and decided to hand deliver the special note to the little girl who befriended their daughter.
It was a bitter sweet trip back to the dance studio in Palm Beach Gardens Makayla loved so much Thursday.
Thirteen-year-old Adriana Salazar is an older dance student who helps out with the younger classes. She helped Makayla with her tap shoes and her dance moves. She remembers Makayla as the little girl who was always so happy to come to dance class at the Ester Center. She would hug other children in the class and "spread the love" as Salazar calls it.
Little did Salazar know, Makayla had written her a good luck note and asked her father to get a flower for her.
Their performance in the Nutcracker was coming up, and Makayla wanted to make sure to wish her friend luck. She wrote "Contents: red roses... Great job!" on the note with a smiley face.
Makayla's mother, Muriel, handed the little note and a dried carnation, meant for Adriana, at the studio and thanked her for befriending her daughter. The two laughed, cried and shared stories of the 6-year-old girl that lit up room.
Muriel says just seeing the children's faces, made her think of her daughter. It was difficult, but, she says, she wanted to bring the note because she knows her daughter was so excited about giving it to Adriana.
Muriel says she wants her daughter to be remembered for her faith in God, the way she treated others, and her beautiful smile. "I'd like people not to dwell on the horror of the day, but to remember her as a child that shined so bright on Thanksgiving night. That she told people what Thanksgiving was all about. That it was about glory to God."
Makayla was murdered while sleeping in her bed on Thanksgiving night at her family's home in Jupiter. Police say a family member, Paul Michael Mehirge, shot her, her grandmother and his twin sisters. He is still at large and is considered armed and very dangerous.