Janelle Marie Oni, known as Janelle Marie on Facebook, was a recent twenty two year old new Salisbury University graduate who died at 3A.M. on Sunday, July 6th, 2014.
The local Fox affiliate and Facebook were the two main sources for how friends and family found out about her death, which resulted from a drunk driver whom was later charged with negligent homicide. The news of her death resulted in many Facebook friends and shocked family members posting their sadness upon hearing of her tragedy. It was a death that could have been avoided.
Janelle had always excelled in school: participating in sports, the debate team, as well as excelling in her courses. She had graduated high school in the top ten percent in her class. These accomplishments therefore led to her acceptance at Salisbury University.
Tuesday her funeral took place at the Wylie Funeral Home in Maryland, where there was a room filled with many friends and family to pay their respects. They presented a slide show filled with pictures that they had of her and played her favorite songs, one of them was “I Hope You Dance,” by LeAnn Womack.
Friends and family reminisced on her success and how she always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. There were many flowers, tears and much mourning as her body was placed in front of her friends and family, then taken to Druid Ridge Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland, which was the same town where she had relocated from Brooklyn, New Work with her parents at 2006.
I first met Janelle during Spring Semester at Salisbury University back in 2013, a little before the Untouchables performed at Holloway Hall. Janelle was a talented person who was very intelligent and shared wonderful religious perspectives. She always had such positive energy and motivated others.
Which includes her current profile picture and a photo during graduation this year, I had always enjoyed taking pictures of the events that Janelle and many others friends had participated in, such as the Untouchable’s performances, Relay for Life that took place at Maggs Gym the previous Spring Semester at SU, etc.
Janelle was truly loved and known by many people, which includes many friends and family, as there were many people who attended the cookout last weekend and her funeral this week on Tuesday had so many people. Janelle was therefore truly a dear friend to everyone with many blessed talents who will truly be missed.