“My heart is shattered into a million pieces and I know it will never be whole again,” she said. “One day the words will come to me. But for now, I know she’s not in pain anymore and I am thankful for that.”
In her message, she went on to address Neena directly.
“I love you more than you could ever understand. You were my very best friend. My whole world,” she said. “I’m so sorry I couldn’t save you. Thank you for everything.”
Neena’s former team also shared a tribute on Twitter.
“The Bulls are heartbroken to learn of the sudden loss of our beloved former teammate Neena Pacholke (2013-16),” the USF Women’s Basketball team wrote on Aug. 29. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Neena and her family during this extremely difficult time.”