Long before former Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor became a hashtag, a rallying cry for justice and the smiling face on refrigerator magnets, she was a big sister who snuggled in bed with her little sister watching scary movies.

Taylor, shot and killed in her apartment by Louisville police in the nascent moments of March 13, was a daughter, a godmother, a niece and a best friend who dreamed of caring for the tiniest, most helpless of humans.

Last Friday would have been Taylor’s 27th birthday.

As both federal and local law enforcement officials continue investigations into how Taylor died, family members and her best friend spoke with NBC News about how she lived.

“She did right by everybody,” said her sister, confidante and roommate, Ju’Niyah Palmer. “Literally she goes out her way for everybody. She would go above and beyond.”

Taylor is the lone woman in a triune tragedy that has sparked outrage across the nation and the globe.

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