"She was very talented, she wrote poetry and stuff. I have a handful of jewelry that she made for me — it's in my hands right now.
"She will be missed by a lot of people. I’m going to keep her memory with me."
Sierra had been with her boyfriend for about a year.
"Damien was always a quiet kid, really quiet in school," Brace recalled.
Friends began posting on Sierra’s Facebook page as word of the tragedy began to spread Tuesday morning.
Some couldn’t believe the news was true. Others offered prayers for Sierra’s close friends and family.
Sydney Sweatt of Moriah left a message marked with a heart.
“You didn't deserve to go the way you did. Fly high up there,” the young woman wrote in a sad remembrance.
“Sucks how soon you were taken from this world. Fly high,” another young Moriah woman, Keely Budwick-French, posted.
“I hope you're at peace and know that you are missed,” wrote Francesca Brace.
Kasandra put it simply: “She was my best friend in the world.”
Moriah Town Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said people saw Sierra as a sweet person who wanted to help others and get her life in order.
“It’s a horrible tragedy. My condolences go out to the family.”
Sierra had had a few run-ins with the law in her late teens but was working to finish school and obtain a GED.
Three years ago, Ticonderoga Police arrested Sierra, then 19, for selling prescription drugs. She served a short time in jail.
She also faced charges for another drug sale and for shoplifting at the Ticonderoga Wal-Mart SuperCenter.
In a prosaic note posted on her Facebook page in December 2010, Sierra was honest about her feelings and a possible conviction.