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Brooks Stagles remembered by community as a "sassy, happy child"

The life of Brook Stagles was honored Tuesday morning by family, friends and community leaders during a memorial service. (Photo: Stagles family)

Irondequoit, N.Y. (WHAM) - The life of Brook Stagles was honored Tuesday morning by family, friends and community leaders during a memorial service.

The service was held on the one year anniversary of the three-year-old's death from child abuse.

The overarching theme of the service focused on working as a community to protect the most vulnerable adults and children in Monroe County and the greater Rochester area.

The message added that some fell short in Brook's case, who was under the watch of Monroe County child protective services when she died.

Brook died November 14, 2016 after her father's girlfriend Erica Bell beat her to death. Brook died of blunt force trauma. Bell was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on murder charges; Michael Stagles is scheduled to be sentenced next month for criminally negligent homicide.

On Tuesday, the service held at Christ the King Church in Irondequoit was a celebration of Brook's life and the legacy she created in her short time on earth. People shared how she brought joy, peace and love to many others.

No one mentioned Erica Bell or Michael Stagles during the service. Brook's family including her grandfather, John Geer, said they want her to be remembered as sassy and adventurous, loving the zoo, swimming, fishing and playing with her mother.

"I want everyone to know she was a very happy energetic, loving, loved child," said John Geer, Brook's grandfather. "She had everything in front of her. It's terrible."

Brook's middle name was Sunny. Her family said the name fit her spirit perfectly.

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