A Santa Monica High School graduate died early Thursday morning after a 26-month battle with cancer.

Lily Meza, 30, was surrounded by family and friends at her home in Inglewood when she passed away, according to childhood friend Cynthia Juarez.

“Remember Lily as the beautiful girl with a glowing smile, kind heart and caring soul,” wrote Juarez, a fellow Samohi alumna.

Meza, who was diagnosed with angiosarcoma of the breast in late 2013, was receiving hospice care this week after recently being hospitalized and learning that cancer cells had spread into her bones.

The front page of Thursday’s edition of the Daily Press included an article about Meza’s worsening condition and a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign that Juarez launched on Monday. The article was prepared for publication on Wednesday, before Meza died.

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