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‘Wakefield Strong’: Oxford community comes together to honor life of Amelia Wakefield

OXFORD (WBNG) — As the last of the barbecue dinners were sold, Renae Wakefield hugged anyone she could, happy to be able to share her love with family.

Wakefield is the aunt of 16-year-old Amelia Wakefield, the Oxford teen who tragically lost her life in a Smithville home May 3.On Saturday, the Wakefields hosted a chicken and pork barbecue at Boname Park to raise money, and honor the girl who meant the world to them.

“She was fun loving, she was the jokester of the bunch,” said Renae Wakefield. “She would wear a funny wig if she thought someone needed a laugh. She was an avid motorbike rider, and good at it. She could pop a wheelie across this field.”

The barbecue was a tremendous success. The family sold out of 450 pounds of meat and 60 pounds of sides in less than two hours, raising more than $5,000.

The icing on top of the day’s cake, however, was the omnipresent spirit of Amelia herself.

“When Amelia passed, [her mom], asked her to bring two rainbows,” said Ashley Wakefield. “Yesterday, at her funeral, we had two rainbows. That’s Amelia, 100 percent. She was here.”

No charges have been filed yet in connection with Wakefield’s death, and the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating how Amelia died.

Josh Rosenblatt

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