BEAUMONT, Calif. - Hundreds of people gathered to remember the life of 34-year-old Hannah Alhers from Beaumont, one of the many people who lost their lives on Oct. 1 during the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
The service took place at Harvest Riverside Church on Friday morning.
"To know Hannah is to love her," said her friend Chris Hopkins. "She was the most selfless person; there for anyone at any time."
Ahlers is survived by her husband Brian and their three children; 14-year-old Briannah, 11-year-old Brice and 3-year-old Hailey.
Hannah met her husband when she was only 10 years old at Redlands Church of the Nazareth, where the two went to church youth group together.
"Who knew then that just five years later, one month before her 16th birthday, Brian would ask her out on their first date," said friend Jason Pendleton. Hannah and Brian were married when she was 17 years old.
Pendleton shared a few funny stories about Ahlers at the memorial service. He recalled the time when they moved into their first home, and Hannah took it upon herself to order two brand-new couches for their living room. He recalled that they laughed about it for days.
"Especially since Brian had her call the furniture store, and have them pick them up so they could get their money back," Pendleton joked. "The funny thing is, it's one of the very few times I ever saw Brian say no to Hannah. The truth is Brian just seemed to melt any time she was in the room."
"Brian she always was, and will always be your princess," Pendleton said through tears.
"Her smile still lights up every room," said Hopkins, who remembered all the trips to the Colorado River, and their Big Bear cabin. "Those trips aren't going to stop and Hannah will always be there with us."
But the mark that Hannah Ahlers left on the people who knew her was made clear by one of the last speakers, a woman who says she'd only seen Ahlers a few times. "In the brief time I spent with the family," the woman said, "it changed who I was, and what I wanted to put out in the world. I will forever be grateful for that from her. Thank you."