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A mentor remembers murdered teen


by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) - A young woman's life has been cut short. Jasmine Mills was pronounced dead after being assaulted in a gas station parking lot early Thursday morning.

"There was an assault that occurred in the parking lot we're trying to determine who was involved and later on we'll have an autopsy to determine the cause of death of the victim," Captain Tim Pillack of the Waterloo Police Department.

During her 18 years, Mills moved around to several schools and made an impression at each one. Sheryl Jones, an Interventionist at Logan Middle School has fond memories of Mills and the news of her death came as a shock.

"I was heart broken because she was one of the ones we figured was going to make it. She told me she wanted to be a fashion designer and when I would see her periodically, she was telling me I'm still gong to be a fashion designer," Jones said.

While Jones was a teacher's assistant she worked closely with Mills for almost two years and saw her grow as a person.

"I guess one of the students was picking on another one to where true feelings were coming out and Jasmine stepped up for her telling them they didn't need to be picking on here and she told them we all got problem and we all have bad days," Jones said.

Funeral arraignments are still pending. They are being handled by Sanders Funeral Service in Waterloo. 

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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