Hundreds mourn slain teen in Bradenton, call for action

Bradenton, Florida — A Bradenton teenager's life was cut short after she was killed by a stray bullet during a shootout at a local movie theater.

At her funeral today, family and friends called for action to change a history of violence at that theater.

Hundreds lined the walls of Happy Gospel Church in Bradenton to see Teria'le Rawls one last time.

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"She was energetic, she was ambitious, she was focused," said great aunt Lesa Snipes-Williams.

To her cousin Shiren Andrews who knew Rawls her whole life, the girl was more than just family.

"Everyone loved her, she's just a good person," Andrews said.

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Rawls was a high school cheerleader.

"Even when no one was cheering, she always seemed to have a little spirit," said friend Lauren Chaplin.

Rawls was killed after an early morning fight broke out last week at the Royal Palm Theater in Bradenton.

That night left family members broken.

"It could have been my child," said Angel Waiters. "Somebody chose to play god and chose to take a life. An innocent life."

But it puts the theater's history of violence on display. There was another riot with 300 people in 2010, then, just about a week before Rawls was killed, a brawl broke out at the theater.

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Inside the church Saturday, more than 400 people celebrated Teria'le Rawls' life, but those closest to the girl are calling for action.

"I think they need to have full-time security, something there all the time to make it at least a little bit safer," said Rawls cousin Shiren Andrews.

10 News called the Manatee County Sheriff's office to see if there's been any more violence at the theater since Rawls' death and have yet to hear a response.

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Still, as friends and family mourn, they remember the bright 17-year-old who lost her life.

Two men, 19-year-olds Frank Brice and Jasper Dudley have been charged with murder and are being held in the Manatee County Jail.

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