PROJECTS: Brittany Carleo
Brittany Carleo, 17, was remembered as a child though, for more than a year, the blue-eyed girl bore a secret that left her bouncing from home to home, calling suicide hotlines and worrying about her reputation and her safety.
She wanted to get away from Scott Uslan, a 42-year-old sex offender and her ex-boyfriend's father, who had been raping her for more than a year.
He shot her in the head with a .357 Magnum on July 15 in the kitchen of the Tropical Smoothie Café where she worked. Then he turned the gun on himself.
The man she so desperately wanted to distance herself from was forever linked to her in death.