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Morgan Pruitt

In memory of Arianna Smith

In 2019, my husband and I started fostering two beautiful kids, Ari (11) and Rickey (9). Ari was a vivacious and fearless girl. She had a smile that could light up any room, and her love for her family and friends was unmatched. She had so much light and life in her, but, growing up with parents who ran the streets, that side of life appealed to her too. She ran away when she was 12, in January 2021, at the advice of bio mom, who then let her stay with a 15-year-old boy. In February 2021, that boy shot her in the stomach and ended her life.

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