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A Community Grieves For Julianne Siller

Spring-Ford High School student Julianne Siller, 17, was stabbed to death Saturday night in Skippack

Julianne Siller planned to spend her summer working at The Lite Choice ice cream shop in Upper Providence and at a Gap store in the Limerick Outlets, and then she’d be off to Penn State in the fall. 

That plan died with her Saturday night in the dark woods of Palmer Park.

Siller’s boyfriend Tristan Stahley, 16, who formerly attended Perkiomen Valley High School, stabbed her repeatedly and left her body along a wooded trail around 10 p.m., authorities allege.

Friends and family have created a memorial to the Spring-Ford Area High School senior off of the Heckler Road entrance to the Skippack Trail. It includes graduation teddy bears, photos and flowers.

Siller, who was called “our little princess” by her parents and loved cats, was described as “sweet” and “cool” by friends on social media sites, as members of the Perkiomen Valley and Spring-Ford communities mourned the loss publicly.

“I can't even believe someone could do this to you,” said Stef Garofalo on Instagram. “You were the happiest most caring girl in the entire world.”

“No family should have to bury their child, especially three weeks before they graduate,” said Molly on Twitter with an #RIPJulie hashtag.

On Facebook, a R.I.P Julianne Siller group was created.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram users also showed support for the high school students who are dealing with Siller’s death, and the alleged crime.

“Spring-Ford has united many times before because of death. But this just feels different,” said T.J. Mazzei on Twitter. “A girl we all loved was murdered. Not killed. Murdered”

“Losing another member of our class 3 weeks before graduation is just unreal,” said Tyler Ozbud on Twitter.

On Limerick-Royersford-Spring City Patch’s Facebook page, readers brought up the importance of domestic violence awareness.

“This is domestic violence and there are so many signs that this is where this would be headed,” said Kathleen Albertson on Facebook.  “We must educate today's youth what the signs are so they can get out of the abusive relationship before such a tragedy would happen.”

Click hear to read Patch's previous coverage of the case.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the college that Julianne Siller was planning to attend in the fall.

LiLBit May 29, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Pretty sure the altercation was after he came home n told his parents that he killed his girlfriend.... Not before...
Mommyof2 May 29, 2013 at 04:44 PM
The altercation with his father was after he had already murdered Julianne. Report says that he killed her then walked back to his house hysterically crying and covered in blood and dirt. Asked his mom to go for a walk and he would tell her what happened. They got back to the house and his mom called the police. Apparantly he then put the knife to his own throat trying to kill himself and his father started fighting with him for the knife... they were still fighting when the police showed up.
concerned parent May 29, 2013 at 06:03 PM
the mother did call the police the news doesnt get everything right
Chris Zabaska May 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Thank you for clarifying that apparently the news doesn't always get things straight.
Judith E. Curry June 02, 2013 at 06:23 PM
I would humbly trade my sorry life for Julianne's to continue...

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