LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) - On Thursday, friends and family laid a young woman to rest after police say she was murdered by her boyfriend.
Christopher Clark is behind bars now facing murder charges after police say he stabbed Ariel Warden multiple times Saturday morning in Lebanon.
Family members told News 2 the horrific murder happened in front of the couple's three young children, all under the age of three.
"She was always very free-spirited and happy and joyful," Brandy Warden told News 2.
As Ariel's stepmother, Brandy has been there nearly every step of the young woman's life.
"She was such a beautiful, not just beautiful to us because we loved her, but genuinely beautiful inside and out. It's hard to imagine how somebody could do such a thing, especially right in front of their kids."
What happened Saturday morning inside the home off on Trousdale Ferry Pike was nothing short of horrific with three-year-old Brooklyn waking up loved ones to the tragedy.
"She actually is the one that woke my niece up to get out," Brandy explained.
Emily Wright witnessed the aftermath - Warden stabbed multiple times around the throat and arm area.
"She was like my sister, she was kind sweet, bubbly personality. She would do anything for anybody. She's going to be missed a lot," Wright told News 2.
As the family tries to fill Ariel's shoes as mom, they pray the images of the crime vanish from the young children's minds.
"She wanted so badly for her family to be whole, she loved the girls so much. She tried hard to hang on. I just want peace for them. I pray that God eases and erases the images and the hurt that's going to come, that the bad seems to fade and the good takes over and for anybody else in that situation to say something or get out don't ignore it because when it happens, when this happened it's too late," said Brandy.
The family could use some help, they are especially in need of diapers and formula.
A trust fund will also be set up at Wilson Bank and Trust for the children.
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