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Family mourns loss of teen killed in Colleyville fire

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The father of a 17-year-old killed early Tuesday morning in a Colleyville house fire says it still has not hit him that she's gone.

It’s said that time will heal, but neither time nor reason make the loss of Tylar Batchelor any easier.

"Always upbeat, always smiling, always in a good mood,” said her father, James.

In her family's eyes, it was the small imperfections that made Tylar so beautifully perfect, like convincing her big brother, Rope, to dress up like a girl when he was 6.

"I'm wearing a skirt and all that stuff,” said Rope. “That's how she was. If she wanted you to do something, you were going to do it."

Early Tuesday morning, while Tylar was spending the night with her brother’s family at their Colleyville home, the house caught fire around 1 a.m.

After Rope knew his wife, Vivian, and 4-month-old daughter, Zade, and cousin made it out, he says he tried running upstairs to save Tylar.

“By then, the whole top was on fire already,” said Rope. “The stairs were just boiling. I got three quarters of the way up and couldn't see nothing. I got burned on my lips and everything."

But it was too late. Tylar and her American bulldog, Roxy, didn't make it, dying of smoke inhalation

“The one thing she loved the most was Roxy,” said James.

While the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, Colleyville fire officials say it's possible the fire started from pool chemicals on the back patio.

“There's nothing you could find that you didn't like about my sister,” said Rope. “She would do anything in the world for you."

Like her heart of gold, Tylar’s family says her memory  will last a lifetime.

“I hope she gives us strength to get through,” said James. “We don't have a choice. We have to go.”

A vigil and balloon release in Tylar’s honor will take place Friday at 8 p.m. on Centennial High School’s soccer field.

A donation drive will be held Saturday morning at Centennial High, and the funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Boulevard Baptist Church.

A fund has also been set up in Tylar's honor.

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