BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A family friend of Lanasha Rollerson says an entire community was grieving Wednesday night after learning the 13-year-old was murdered.
Buffalo Police say Rollerson’s body was found behind a garage on Newburgh Avenue around 11 p.m. Tuesday.
The family reported her missing from their Proctor Avenue home Sunday afternoon and had been posting flyers all around their neighborhood.
"I posted that my baby would be coming home yesterday and it’s not the way we wanted her to come home but they found her," said Lanasha's aunt, Kareema Morris.
Derenda says police believe Rollerson left the house on her own. Investigators say the time of death was possibly Saturday or early Sunday.
"Each case is different. In this case, by the time she was reported, we believe she was already deceased," said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.
Madge Whiskey helped raise Lanasha as a baby at her day care and says she was a bright young girl who was very close to her three younger siblings.
"She had sort of a motherly instinct about her, she loved modeling and I think she picked that up from her mother because her mother wanted to be a model. She could command a conversation. She was a church girl," said Whiskey.
As police turn to the public for help in the investigation, the family is pleading for answers.
“We don’t know what happened and we may never really know the truth but somebody out there knows something and I pray to god that they would come forward because this mother needs closure," said Whiskey.
Rollerson was a student at Dr. Charles Drew Science Magnet School.
Buffalo Public School officials say they will have grief counselors on site for students struggling with the loss.