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'She brought everyone together even in death': Kiely Rodni 'secretly' cremated as cause of death yet to be revealed

'My heart physically hurts every second of every day,' said a source close to the family
Kiely Rodni's loved ones held a celebration of life for her on September 10 (
Kiely Rodni's loved ones held a celebration of life for her on September 10 (

TRUCKEE, CALIFORNIA: Kiely Rodni's family bid goodbye to the teen as a memorial was held for her on September 10. The 16-year-old, who was found in her submerged car in Prosser Reservoir days after diappearing, was privately cremated. Her cause of death has yet to be released. Kiely's body was discovered by volunteer dive team Adventures with Purpose.

A source close to the family has now told The US Sun, "There will be no funeral. She was cremated, hence why we had that memorial." The source said the family believes Kiely's death was an accident despite conspiracy theories suggesting she was murdered. "My heart physically hurts every second of every day," the source said, saying the family now needs closure. The source described Kiely as being "outgoing, happy, always a great listener and just such a wonderful human being." 


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Meanwhile, a rep for Kiely’s family said, "The family feels that they have already shared so much that they would like to keep some decisions private. Thus, they are respectfully choosing not to comment. Thank you for your understanding."

On September 10, loved ones of Kiely held a celebration of life for her. Prayer flags were hung throughout the Truckee Regional Park for the ceremony. "We are so grateful to have the opportunity to join together today with our friends, family and community in Kiely's name," Kiely's mother Lindsey Rodni-Nieman told KCRA at the time. Though we gather together, grief and healing is such a personal and individual thing. Today we will honor Kiely in honoring each other and holding each other up as we grieve in our own way."

"We'll laugh, dance, share songs and poetry, or maybe we'll cry in the corner, or at the podium. It's okay," Lindsey added. We'll remember and create new memories as we all learn how to move forward in the world where we miss her. We are so blessed to be able to miss her together and to walk together into tomorrow. The way that she has brought everyone together even in death is a legacy that I will cherish forever. I'm hearing stories about people wanting to be nicer to each other in her memory."

She continued, "Kiely's dear friend recently told her mom that before all of this happened she thought the word community had no real meaning, that it didn't really exist. But after Kiely went missing, the way our community showed up in full force showed her that it in fact is so very real and so, so powerful. That kind of impact on our teens gives me hope. The demonstration of strength and togetherness and the way that they have an army of supporters standing behind them will carry them far as they enter adulthood."

Lindsey blasted web sleuths accusing Kiely's on-off boyfriend Jagger Westfall for her death. The 18-year-old, who was cleared early on in their investigation, has been receiving death threats. Nevada County Sheriff's Office has neither confirmed nor denied suspecting foul play. It also said toxicology results have yet to come back.