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Baltimore Highlands teen remembered for smile, compassion and humor

Bridget Herold, 16, died after being struck by vehicle on Annapolis Road

By Brian Conlin, bconlin@patuxent.com

8:47 PM EST, December 26, 2011

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Nicole Bruce will miss her "almost sister," compassionate friend, Lansdowne High classmate and neighbor, Bridget Herold.

Herold, 16, of Baltimore Highlands, died last Thursday, Dec. 8, after an SUV traveling southbound on Annapolis Road struck her as she tried to cross the street a few blocks from her home. Pending further investigation, Baltimore County police ruled the incident pedestrian error.

"We would always go shopping. She would always tag me along to get her clothes," Bruce, 18, said about Herold. "She was kind of like a little sister, always wanted to do what I wanted to do."

Herold had been a junior at Lansdowne High School, the same as Bruce. Bruce said Herold loved watching Fall Out Boy and LMFAO music videos on the Internet and talking about boys. Bruce said she enjoyed Herold's quirky personality.

"We'd be sitting and it'd be really quiet," said Bruce. "She'd just say something really random."

Jen Bruce, Nicole's mother, said her daughter and Bridget became fast friends when Bridget's family moved to the neighborhood about six years ago.

"They were almost inseparable," Jen said. "It got to the point where they were almost sisters."

Jen Bruce has a photograph of her daughter dressed as a cat and Herold wearing a witch's costume from four Halloweens ago.

"She loved dancing and she loved celebrating," Jen Bruce said. "She had a beautiful smile."

Kenneth Miller, a first-year principal at Lansdowne High School, said when the school learned of her death a notice was read to the students.

"A specific letter was read to the kids telling them about the loss and what we can do to help support them," Miller said of how the students were informed of Herold's death. "They took the news real hard. Some of them knew before school. Some were just finding out."

Nicole Bruce said what she will most remember about Bridget Herold is that she was a compassionate person willing to lend a hand.

"She was one of my best friends and she was always there for people," she said. "She was always there for me when I was upset."

Bridget Herold is survived by her parents, Patrice Roberts and Roger Herold, and sister, Megan Herold.

A memorial service for Bridget Herold will be held at First Baptist Church of Lansdowne at 2320 Alma Road at 11 a.m. Saturday.