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Friends remember Taylor Pifer as someone who had everything going for her.
"She made everyone laugh," said longtime friend Taylor Pheneger. "She made people feel, even if they didn't know her, like they knew her."
The Kent State University fashion design major and North Royalton native was a victim in a triple homicide over the weekend. Pifer, 21, was killed along with her sister, Kylie Pifer, 18, and mother, Suzanne Taylor, 45. Their bodies were discovered Sunday evening.
Pheneger and Pifer both graduated from North Royalton High School and attended Kent State University.
"We had so many sleepovers together, birthday parties, Halloween parties; we did homecomings together, proms together," said Pheneger. "She was just a fun-loving girl. She loved everyone, and, no matter who you were, made you feel like you were her friend. She had everything going for her."
Pheneger said she learned about the incident Sunday night.
"My friend called me," she said. "At first I didn't believe it, and I was in shock. Finally, when they released the names the next day, I was crying. I couldn't believe that. That family didn't deserve that."
Pheneger said Pifer's sister Kylie would have turned 19 on June 18 and was planning to attend Bowling Green State University in the fall.
In high school, Pheneger said Pifer was involved in a little bit of everything.
"She kind of did everything," she said. "But her main thing was, she pitched."
Softball was Pifer's favorite sport and one she remained devoted to, giving pitching lessons to younger girls in North Royalton.
"She would tell me how busy she was between school, this job and pitching lessons for softball," said Emily Wainio, who worked with Pifer at the Fashion School Store in Kent.
Wainio said she had only known Pifer since January when Pifer began working in the Fashion School Store.
Despite spending relatively little time with Pifer, Wainio said she was easy to get to know.
"There was never a struggle in conversation," said said. "She always had something to say, and I aways had something to say."
Once, a prospective student who was interested in fashion design visited the store and Wainio said she and Pifer, but mostly Pifer, talked to her for about 45 minutes.
Wainio said Pifer helped her out with her studies, too.
"She was very, very talented," said Wainio, a fashion merchandising major. "She showed me how to work with (computer programs) and what the professor in that class would expect."
Marguerite Loomis, manager of the Fashion School Store, said Pifer knew exactly what she wanted to do with her fashion design training.
"She was willing to do anything she needed to learn," Loomis said. "Her goal was to learn everything she could about fashion retailing so she could apply it to her future. She wanted to design a western wear line."
"I'm very saddened by the whole ordeal here," Loomis said. "She had a great fashion future ahead of her and will definitely be missed."