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Family of slain tour guide: She was in wrong place at wrong time

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The family of Emily Pickels, 21, is coping with their loss, but questions remain surrounding the circumstances leading up to her murder.

Her mother, Janet Pickels, tells WTOC that she believes her daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"My daughter came into my room and told me, 'Emily's dead, mom, Emily's dead'. I'm thinking, car wreck, but not gunshots," said Janet Pickels.

Pickels and her ex-boyfriend, Michael Biancosino, 30, were found shot inside a car traveling west on Henry Street that later crashed into a brick fence surrounding the Frazier Homes apartment complex around 4 a.m. Sept. 1.

Her family said Pickels loved to smile and laugh. Janet Pickels says her daughter was just starting to blossom into a beautiful young woman.

"She had an incredible voice. She was great at musicals, and I just think Broadway never knew it's biggest star," says Erin Pickles, Pickels' 19-year-old sister.

Pickels lived on Henry Street and was a popular tour guide in downtown Savannah. She also volunteered at the Davenport House.

Her family says she loved history and singing.

Pickels' funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Richmond Hill. A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the same church.

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