CONYERS, Ga. (WJZ)—A promising young student was murdered at just 16. But who killed her remains a mystery. Phylicia Simone Barnes was laid to rest in Georgia Saturday. 

Suzanne Collins has details about her funeral.

She was visiting Baltimore, planned to go to Towson University but disappeared. Phylicia Barnes’ body turned up last month in the Susquehanna River.

At a church in Conyers, Ga., her family, friends and schoolmates say goodbye to the murdered 16- year-old.

“This is a time where everybody needs everybody,” said the pastor.

The teenager’s family greets supporters. A video of Phylicia Barnes, a gifted and talented student, was played for those filling the church.

A teacher and school counselor spoke about Phylicia’s good nature, love for children and excitement about theatre.

“Simone was the type of student that would light up room with her smile or bubbling personality,” said her teacher Laurence Sullivan.

“Phylicia was one of those students who was highly motivated. She had clear goals and sought every opportunity for college search process,” said Chrissy Wright, school counselor.

The casket was wheeled from the church. Another young woman sang an uplifting tune.

A family member read a poem written by Phylicia’s mother—one as if the teenager herself is speaking from heaven above.

“If all you knew how much fun I’m having living with my father God, all of you would be glad. So please for me don’t cry. This is only a temporary goodbye,” the poem read.

Phylicia disappeared on Dec. 28 while visiting her sister’s apartment in Northwest Baltimore.

She was found near the Conowingo Dam and her death has been ruled a homicide.

Comments (8)
  1. Mary says:

    God bless Phylicia’s mother and to her classmates. To Baltimore City Police, please find the person or people responsible for this. This tragedy has really struck me. She had so much going for her, a promising future of wanting to reach out and help others. What a sad Mother’s day for Ms. Sallis. Rest in peace, Phylicia.

  2. Carolina says:

    Baltimore City Police community, Tazz and The Guardian Angels and all Volunteers who helped search for Phylicia Simone Barnes and Never gave up, no matter how hopeless at times that it might have seemed of finding her….. Much Love Baltimore, Much Love!!!!!!

  3. Patricia says:

    My heart so much for this young lady and her family , I hope we all get closer very soon . How can that person sleep or live with their self ,and walk arounnd us knowing what he or she did. We all hurt behide this senless act.

  4. Patricia says:

    TO the killer will you look at her eyes so full of life that you took.

  5. Angel says:

    RIP Phylicia your smile will always be with us and we know you are home with our LORD. Now Baltimore, we must pray for Justice and the killer or killers are caught. We know you are still out there and so do GOD. GOD will bring you to Justice sooner or later.

  6. lawrence jones says:

    RIP Bright Smile

  7. mattie says:

    as much as any one of us hate to accept that this beautiful creation of God is now in a better place. and that place is with God. it hurts me to see this funeral of Miss. Phylicia Barnes. it was so,,,,,,, wrong that she was murdered. it’s wrong when anyone losses their right to live. I will always prey to Abba, Jehovah God in Jesus Christ Name with the full Power and Rich Blessing in the blood of the Lamb Of God. That the Almighty God Supreme Power will point his Finger directly at the KILLER or KILLERS and give them no peace until the real truth have been reveal.

    Phylicia Barnes mother, father, family and friends has loss a Diamond, Wonderful Young Gifted Lady out of their lives. Nothing can erase this pain for them but God. Glory be to God the KILLERS will never be able to ever hurt Phylicia Barnes not ever again in this life.

    I prey that the killers that killed this child will suffer the same pain that she suffered. That would be justice not evil. That would be called eye for eye, and tooth for tooth for truth.

    The KILLERS are now place into the judgment seat of the Almighty God Jehovah. Jesus Christ is THE LAWYER and THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE WITNESS !


    Just like Jehovah heard Jesus Christ Cried Out To Him When He Was Crucified. So was PHYLICIA BARNES !!!! It was God’s hand that revealed her out of the River !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! when you thought she would never been found !!!!

    The KILLERS are curse for breaking God’s Commandment that clearly say that thou shall not KILL !!!!!!!!

    That curse will be Phylicia Cried For Her Life. REPENT for this murder and turn your selves in by calling the Police. Because either way God will destroy you !!!!!

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