Springfield, Mo (KSPR) -- A school in Springfield, Missouri paid tribute to a 12-year-old girl police said was shot to death by her brother.
"He took my best friend," said Pantera Mettler, a friend of the victim. "We were really close. We were going to grow up together and do things together and stuff and now we can't. It's just me."
Pantera, 12, just went through sixth grade graduation without Sierra Elliott by her side.
"Us parents seeing her up there and her awards being read off out loud, it was very nice, said Ashley Mettler, mother of Pantera. It was beautiful...and she got a lot of awards. She was really bright."
Investigators said Sierra's future was cut short at the hands of her own brother.
"It tore my whole sixth grade apart. Everyone was crying, even the boys and really, really, close friends of hers. We all got together at recess at a picnic table and we just talked about her and what our last words were to her and everything were," asid Pantera.
Investigators said Sierra used her last works to identify the person who shot her.
"I feel for Peggy and I feel Jim because they lost two," said Ashley.
A judge ruled Levi Elliott will be tried as an adult. He's being held on a $250,000 bond.