She Named Her Bike Lucille

“Skylar had simple desires,” said Skylar Summerhill’s mother Amy Hamilton Cardenal. “She wanted to be a mother. She wanted to love someone the way a mother loves a child. She was like anyone else.”

Brandon native Summerhill was a music lover, pitt bull advocate and “when you met her, you never forgot her.”

“Before she became an addict, which changed her immensely, she was fun to be with, and delightful and precious,” Cardenal said. “She loved the blues. She loved B.B. King. She named her bicycle Lucille after B.B. King’s guitar. I will always remember that little purple Schwinn.”

Amy said Skylar was a perfect, beautiful baby.

“When she was born, when she was a toddler, when she was little, it never crossed my mind that she would die from a heroin overdose at 29 years old,” Cardenal said.

Summerhill overdosed on Oct. 30, 2015 and was rushed to the hospital in Gulfport. She stayed at the hospital for the next six days, until the family decided to remove her from life support.

 

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