Editor's note: This piece was written by Alia Claggett, a close friend of Alexia.
Alexia was born on Aug. 21, 2000 and died on Aug. 16, 2020, at 19 years of age. She was a student at Shippensburg University who studied criminal justice as she aspired to someday be a defense lawyer.
She did not have an easy life. Both of her parents passed away when she was in high school while she was being raised in the foster care system. This caused her to get into trouble a lot as a teen. However, she grew from these hardships and decided she would move forward by going to college to help people who were wronged in the system. Alexia was a great friend. She was always deeply supportive of every decision I made, and she was very generous, kind, smart and brave.
In spite of everything she went through — and continued to go through — she smiled and laughed a lot.
Makeup was one of her passions and she did very beautiful and unique makeup every day.
Another one of her passions was scary movies and TV shows, as she loved things dark and spooky.
She found comfort in nature and collected rocks, stones or leaves. She was also vegan for a short time.
Lastly, she was beautiful, not just physically beautiful, but beautiful inside and out.
She had the type of beauty in her that people long to have, the type that makes you wonder what beauty actually is.
Her beauty was her story that made her graceful and strong, and she carried it with her every day.
She knew who she was and who she wanted to be and she was very proud of it. She gave me strength I didn't know I could have and I never thanked her for that. I miss her greatly every day.
Goodbye my friend.