Janie Queen died in car crash near the Church Road Bridge last week

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 04:48 PM.

“People loved Janie, really, really loved her,” Holton said. “She was a genuine, sweet, caring, funny person.”

Jahsanti Davis, Queen’s younger brother, was among those writing messages on the bridge. He said his sister would have been painting up the bridge, too.

“I think she would be painting ‘thank you’ to everyone and hearts and kisses and stuff like that,” he said.

Friend Sonny Courtney said Queen was always smiling.

“She was definitely a very loving person,” he said. “She was always happy. You never saw her without a smile. You’d never see her with a frown.”

Among those at the bridge Monday was Smiley Pool, a photographer with the Houston Chronicle. He documented some of Queen’s early medical challenges for a story in that paper in 1999 and became friends with the family.

Queen was born with the HIV virus in 1992. Her biological mother was in a psychiatric hospital, and other family members did not want raise a child with such a disease. But Sandra and Michael Queen of Havelock adopted her, knowing she may not have lived beyond first grade.

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