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Friends remember Jilani Platt

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The WTVM newsroom has gotten dozens of e-mails and comments about Jilania Platt and it just shows how many people in this area are inpacted by this story. A few of her friends have reached out to us, and share just how sad their lives will be without Jilani in them.

Jilani Platt grew up in Columbus and graduated from Shaw High School in 2001. Friends say she could be remembered best for her spirit and positive outlook on life.

"She was happy, cheering, having a good time, going out, positive. I never saw her down. She was always positive, with no drama," said Nick Thomas. He went to high school with Jilani and the two friends reacquainted when they both went away for college, "She was cheering and I was the mascot at Albany State. So we already knew each other."

Jilani graduated from Albany State and recently worked in the pharmacy at a local Rite Aid. Recently her family had learned she was expecting her first child.

When the news came out that Jilani was missing Sunday morning, friends and family prayed for her safe return home. Sadly, those prayers weren't answered as police found the expectant mother in a drainage pipe Monday afternoon.

"Actually I started crying because I would never in a million years even think of her passing away like that," said Thomas.

We understand this story has touched so many of our viewers. News Leader Nine is still waiting to hear about plans for a memorial service or any funds that may be set up in Jilani's name.

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