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Four days after the accident, Whitney's family held funeral services for their daughter. No one knew the closed casket contained Laura's body—not Whitney's.

During his eulogy, Newell offers touching words about his daughter that held a remarkable truth. "Even though Whitney didn't get her 19th birthday, she was able to pack her life with so much living," he says. "Her natural, sweet spirit, her gorgeous, dimpled smile, her giving nature, her good-hearted joking. I miss her. We all miss her. One day we will be reunited. I fully, fully believe that. I believe it with all my heart."

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FROM: The Families Behind the Heartbreaking Mistaken Identity Case
Published on January 01, 2006

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