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Friends pack Ballard High School gym to remember Amzie Smith

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Friends say Amzie Smith's radiance shines even brighter now.

The 17-year-old passed away Friday after a year-long battle with liver cancer. After her diagnosis in 2015, Amzie used her story to educate and inspire others.

She told WDRB in October, "God has a purpose for everyone, and his purpose for me is having this disease."

Students packed the gym at Ballard High School during Friday night's basketball game to remember Amzie. Many wore green to bring awareness to liver cancer.

"She was just the most happy and uplifting person in the room," said Matthew Samuel, a senior at Ballard. "She just had this ... radiance about her, like you couldn't be around her and be upset."

Friends and classmates paused for a moment of silence before the Male game.

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