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Memorial held at Rockville High School to remember 17-year-old student Michelle Miller

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It was a very emotional night at Rockville High School as hundreds of students, administrators and loved ones gathered to remember 17-year-old Michelle Miller, who was killed in what police describe as a murder-suicide.

Balloons with special messages honoring the teen were released into the sky. They played her favorite songs, and her lacrosse teammates wore shirts with her number.

Miller was set to graduate this spring and then join the U.S. Army Reserves. She is being remembered as a popular girl with a bright future, but her life was cut way too short.

According to police, she was shot and killed by 31-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Adam Arndt at his Germantown home. He worked out of the recruiting office in Gaithersburg. Friends say the two were romantically involved.

Miller’s best friend received a “goodbye” text message from her phone.

Those who knew her best say the teen was happy and that she went to Arndt's home to help him because he was having suicidal thoughts.

Miller’s parents attended the memorial at Rockville High School, but her mother was so overcome with emotion that an ambulance had to be called in.

Grandmother Alice Miller says the family is still trying to come to grips with it all.

"I was talking the other night about how Jackie Kennedy said, ‘When JFK died, all his bright spirit ... gone.’ That's how I felt about Michelle and I think that's how that crowd felt when they saw those balloons going up there. What a metaphor for this wonderful girl so full of life spirit and love."

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