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Some of Olivia’s many friends

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I’m still trying to come to terms with the immense loss we all feel after losing Olivia.

I valued you as a friend, who I knew would light up my day just by having a conversation with you – you were just so bubbly, confident, happy and positive about everything life had to offer, and for that I admire you so much.

It’s such a shame to lose anybody, but especially someone with so much potential, so much to offer this world and so much love and life to share. You, along with your smile, will be missed at Castle, but your ambitions and hopes will live on.

Non nobis solum

One of Olivia’s many friends 


I was excited to be able to call you a close friend and not just a friend.

Now that you’re gone, we kind of don’t know what to do with ourselves.

I think we all just want to see your smile and be reassured that it’s going to be okay. Because you were that girl. You were the one who knew what to do, what to say.

You brightened up our days, made us feel safe and loved wherever we were, whatever was happening.

I think that’s what I admired most about you. In a way, you seemed like you had it all figured out . . . you had such a clear head about everything; you juggled friendships and work and sport like it was nothing.

But in a way, you also seemed like you had no idea what you were doing, like you were happy to take anything as it came.

You made everything seem so effortless that we all wanted to join in.

It doesn’t feel real that you’re gone. It’s still too incomprehensible.

I think it might always be incomprehensible.

We know that if you were in our place right now, you would be taking care of all of us . . . you would somehow help us make sense of this senseless tragedy.

So for you and for everyone you loved, we’re doing our best to take care of one another.

We love and miss you Olivia. We’ll never forget you.

Non nobis solum.

One of Olivia’s many friends