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Emily Beazley Remembered in Neighborhood Displays, Social Media Tributes

By  Howard Ludwig and Mark Konkol | May 19, 2015 2:16pm | Updated on May 19, 2015 2:25pm

 Emily Beazley's neighborhood remained a sea of purple and green after her death on Monday evening. The colors associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma quickly became known as "Emily's colors" in Mount Greenwood.
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MOUNT GREENWOOD — Emily Beazley's neighborhood remains a sea of purple and green.

The 12-year-old girl from Mount Greenwood died late Monday night, ending her four-year battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Through Facebook posts offered by her mother, Nadia Beazley, the Southwest Side community was made aware of Emily's terminal condition.

As a result, homes, schools and businesses decorated in the colors associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Green and purple ribbons were tied outside homes of people Emily had never met.

The marquees of businesses surrounding Emily's home also showed support, and schools throughout the 19th Ward decorated windows and banners for the little girl many of them had only heard about.

DNAinfo captured some of the public displays on Tuesday afternoon. Click on the slideshow above to see how the Mount Greenwood neighborhood captured the spirit of Emily Beazley.

In a statement, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy — who recently named Emily and her sister honorary Chicago Police officers — offered his condolences to the Beazley family.

“While I cannot imagine what her loved ones are going through, hopefully there is comfort found in the amazing impact she had on all those she met," McCarthy said. "Her bravery and spirit will never be forgotten by anyone at CPD and our thoughts and prayers remain with the family during this difficult time.”

Many others took to Twitter and other forms of social media to honor Emily:

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