Christina Semeria’s words, songs shared with hundreds at funeral

For nearly three hours Monday night, family and friends shared memories of 19-year-old Christina Devon Semeria. The hundreds that attended her funeral her stories of her musical gifts, love of animals and devotion to her faith.

Then, Semeria told her own story. Her parents read blog posts the University of Georgia sophomore had written with inspiration messages, such as, “Keep on keeping on people.” It was silent as two of Semeria’s songs were played, songs she wrote and then sang as she played her acoustic guitar.

“So be still my child,” Semeria sang with a powerful voice. “And know that I am God.”

The song received a standing ovation.

“She did it all for us,” Dave Semeria said of his daughter. “She wrote her own epitaph.”

Hers was the second funeral for the four UGA students killed in a car crash last week. There were tears and hugs Monday at Birmingham United Methodist Church in Milton. But there was also smiles and laughter as stories were shared of a young woman nicknamed “Tini” when she was just a baby.

Though she was small in stature, she crammed her life full of experiences.

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