CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of people gathered at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Friday night, to remember Brianna Cuoco. She would have graduated from Chicopee Comp this year.
Amber Dalletto, a friend of Brianna’s, said, “A lot of people did know her, and a lot of people were acquaintances with her. Some people took it harder than others, I think they should have their own way of grieving.”
The 18-year-old disappeared in South Hadley this past January. Friends, family and law enforcement officers searched for Brianna for months. Her body was found in the Connecticut River in Agawam in April.
Karlee Hameln, a friend of Brianna’s, said, “She was one of the freest spirits I have ever known. She was just so outgoing. She was always smiling.”
Brianna’s family declined to speak on camera; they told 22News it’s just too hard. Her Uncle Jim Przybyla said his fondest memory of his niece, as a little girl, was her amazement of how he could break a cookie in half.
Karlee said Brianna will be remembered in a special way during graduation; “We’re going to have a picture of her on a canvas at the graduation, and some of her friends and our principal will be doing speeches about her.”
Brianna’s Aunt Cathy Bozak said her cousin will accept her diploma.
Przybyla said the funeral is on Tuesday, and will be private.