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Friends, co-workers say Amanda Baker was an "awesome person to be around"

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The panhandle community is reeling after 24-year-old corrections officer Amanda Baker was strangled Friday morning.

Baker was declared brain dead Friday afternoon, hours after she was strangled by a 15-year-old inmate Dylan Cardeilhac at the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center in Gering.

Baker was described as someone who could "brighten up a room" just by walking in.

Friends and co-workers of 24-year-old Baker have taken to Facebook to express their grief and send thoughts and prayers to Amanda's family.

One of Amanda Baker's co-workers told KOTA Territory News "Amanda was a very nice person who talked about her young son a lot."  

He described her as very hard working, and great to be around, and said she was well liked at the jail.
 
Dylan Cardeilhac, the 15-year old inmate authorities say strangled Amanda Baker, is facing attempted murder charges.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

UPDATE:

Western Nebraska Community College, where baker was a student, has released a statement.

"We are all deeply saddened and shocked by this loss. She will be greatly missed," reflected Dr. Todd R. Holcomb, WNCC president. 
 
A crisis/grief counselor is on call all weekend to meet in private with any members of the College student body, faculty, and staff.  Please call 308.635.6090 for assistance.  Beginning Monday morning, those seeking counseling are invited to visit the Counseling Advising Vocational Exploration (CAVE) area in the main building on the Scottsbluff Campus.

 

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