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Hometown reveres Marissa Miller

Updated: September 18, 2013, 3:36 PM ET
By Walter Villa | Special to espnW

She was all of 5 feet tall and 75 pounds, but Marissa Miller earned the nickname "Mighty" because of her fierce determination on the basketball court and soccer field.

Marissa, a 12-year-old resident of Parkersburg, W.Va., died Sept. 5 after collapsing on a soccer practice field. It was later discovered that she had a congenital heart abnormality.

With her self-created motto of "Be Kind, Work Hard, Have Fun," Marissa served as a role model for other kids and even adults.

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