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Molly's Kids: 19-year-old Torie Costa gains her angel wings on Christmas Day

CORNELIUS, NC (WBTV) -

I am sorry to relay this news. Many of you might already know. The strong, vibrant, gorgeous Torie Costa – a 19-year-old girl who inspired many across Cornelius and way-beyond – died Christmas night.

I’ve been waiting to post this until I talked with her family and arrangements were set. They say they are heartbroken. 

Torie had been fighting Rhabdomyosarcoma. She had a big support network that included UNC Charlotte, many in the NASCAR world and an incredibly loving family.... They’d rallied around her for years.

The image of a hundred people holding candles on the front lawn of Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital three weeks ago during a particularly rough night will stay with me forever. Her friends were hoping she might look out the window and see how much she was loved.

Torie's Aunt Michele says she saw a beautiful sunrise as she drove to the hospital Christmas morning. She took a picture. I'll post below in comments.

She says as the day turned more somber, the sky darkened and it started storming.

After Torie gained her wings that night, Michele says a halo appeared around the moon. 

"It's hard to believe such a bright, shining light could be extinguished here on Earth," Michele said. "But I guess that's why she was needed in heaven."

Wow.

- Torie's Memorial/Celebration of Life is Sunday, January 3rd at 6pm. Elevation Church in Cornelius.
- Her funeral mass will be Monday, January 4th at 2pm. St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville.
- Any other questions can go to Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville.

Recent posts on Torie (2nd one shows vigil on hospital lawn) >> 
- http://tinyurl.com/jnupk5b
- http://tinyurl.com/jblhtbp
- http://tinyurl.com/o38ajls

Huge thoughts right now to Torie’s family, and in particular her mother Marnae. 
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**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**

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