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One Mother's Mission to Share Her Daughter's Spirit

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Nearly five months after a five year old girl was found dead in Niagara County, those close to her are working to honor her memory.

YNN's Kate McGowan has more on this story of tragedy and grief, turned into hope.


CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Memories and pictures are all that Crystal Walker has to remember of her daughter, Bella, 5.

"My mom is so beautiful. Mommy, if you're hearing this, you're beautiful," expressed Bella Tennant.

Bella left that message on her mother's cell phone just days before her body was found by police, just blocks from her grandmother's Niagara Falls home.

Crystal said it's things like that, plus thoughts of Bella's smile, and her warm heart that keep her going.

"Just how loving and how big of a heart she had for a five year old," Walker exclaimed.

Although the pain for Crystal is unimaginable, she wanted to turn that grief into inspiration and hope.

"She loved to have tea parties so I thought what better way, well we thought, me and a good friend, to carry on her name and legacy if we could share the tea party with other children."

Crystal and her friend, Paula started Bella's Tea Party. It collects and gives out tea sets to sick children, in memory of Bella.

Crystal said they've already helped one little girl in Florida, who's the same age as Bella.

"We came to her home, brought her a tea set," explained Walker. "She was overjoyed, gave us all hugs and said she'd never had a tea party before. It gave me a little bit of joy to do that for her."

Crystal hopes to bring joy to many girls. She said she can feel Bella with her every step of the way.

"She would be so excited. I know she's with me every time I give a tea set to someone."

Crystal finds comfort and peace in knowing that Bella's legacy will live on.

"If I'd want to be alive, I would be you... because your home is in my heart," little Bella said in a cell phone message.

To learn more about Bella's Tea Party, you can click here

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