Nailah Franklin was an ambitious, outgoing twenty something year old young lady that touched the hearts of many when she went missing in Chicago back in September 2007. I still remember it like it was yesterday. Though I did not know this young lady, after hearing about how career-minded she was, how involved in the arts that she was & how close she was to her family she reminded me a lot of myself. Nailah went missing for about 8 days before her body was found. She was 28 years old when she died. I was the same exact age as her when she died. We were both 28 years old. I can remember watching the news everyday hoping that she would be found alive. Her story hit so close to home for me because I was also single & dating after removing myself from a crazy relationship. I could totally relate to Nailah. Her story was a wake up call for me to really be careful of whom I date. After I heard Nailah's story I became more alert when dating and started to pay close attention to any red flags that a guy that I would date would possess. I didn't want what happened to Nailah to ever happen to me or any other woman. Nailah had such a bright future ahead. It is so unfortunate that her life was taken away by a man whom was clearly mentally challenged. Who knows maybe we would have eventually crossed paths if she were still here. My prayers will continue to go out to her family. Even though I never met Nailah Franklin it feels like I knew her. To her family she truly touched the hearts of many as we all watched minute after minute, second after second with hopes of good news. Nailah Franklin, Never Forgotten Angel.
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