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Friends and Family Remember Tinsley as she is Laid to Rest

Posted: Updated: July 21, 2012 07:32 PM EDT

One week after an Albemarle County woman was found shot to death on Prospect Avenue in Charlottesville, her family and friends are laying her to rest.  A funeral for 51-year old Pherbia "Faye" Tinsley was held Saturday morning at the First Baptist Church.    

It was evident for those in attendance that Pherbia Tinsley touched a lot of lives.  Many people repeated the same remembrance, that she was a good person.  Now, members of the family say they are focusing on "forgiveness" to try and move on.

Words of comfort came from the church's pastor as loved ones of Tinsley enter Charlottesville's First Baptist Church to pay final respects to a woman that many say radiated kindness.  

Frances Lee, who knew Tinsley said she was a "really lovely, quiet type person always had a beautiful smile. So that's what I remember most about her - that beautiful smile."  

Della Doomes, who also knew Tinsley explained, "My brother and her son were the best of friends when they went to school and she was just like a second mom to him."  

Those are the kinds of stories that people continued to share throughout the service, remembering Tinsley's gifts and talents that continue to live on.    

"Faye was really gifted. She was a good artist, she was a singer, she was a good dancer, she could paint, she wrote poems," said Jessica Jackson, Tinsley's cousin.  

Tinsley also served in the Army for two-and-a-half years shortly after high school.  Family members say she was proud of having the opportunity to serve her country.     

Now, the family is leaning on each other to work through the grief, but say forgiving the person responsible for her killing will be the first step toward healing.  

Jackson explained, "Forgiveness is for you, and just knowing the caliber of the family, in due time they will be able to forgive and move on with their lives."  

Police have not made any arrests, but are still actively searching for a suspect. Investigators continue to ask for your tips.  If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

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