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Kirby described the deaths as "shocking."
"She was a really fun person; that’s what’s so confusing," Kirby said. "She had such a bubbly, fun personality."
Kirby said she occasionally went to his house with her fiance to watch football. There were no serious problems in Ramsdell-Olivia’s life, as far as he knew: he’d heard "great" things about her family in California and she was financially secure. She threw an ocean-themed birthday party for Isabella just last week, he said.
"Everybody looked happy and fine," he said. "Then I started seeing posts on Facebook that they’re breaking up, and that was a shock. Then all of a sudden this happens?"
Bergen is a child care worker and began watching Kenadee more than a decade ago. Later, she watched Isabella, as well. She said Kenadee was "an awesome swimmer" and Isbella loved to dance and "sing her lungs out." Bergen said she had not seen the family in recent months.
Grief counselors were dispatched Wednesday to the schools the girls had just begun attending, Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams confirmed.
"Both of these students had been in school here only a short time, having registered just on January 6, so not a lot of other students knew them," he said.
Williams said that while Isabella Oliva had attended classes for a week at Syracuse Elementary School, her older sister, Kenadee Oliva, had attended only a single day at Syracuse Junior High School.
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