Family, friends honor Tammy Borda: 'I'm hoping this brings peace'

      COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- Family and friends gathered together to remember Tammy Borda, just over a month after the Beaverton woman was reported missing.

      Those close to Borda said the service was a celebration of her life, and the love she shared before her untimely death.

      Her friend, Patricia Manning, said Tammy Borda would be shocked by how many people came to say their goodbyes.

      "I know she's looking down on us and she knows we're here," said her close friend Patricia Manning. "She was just an angel to everyone she knew."

      Tammy's loved ones gathered at Living Faith Assembly in Cottage Grove Saturday afternoon to honor her life.

      Her ex-boyfriend, David Bowen, stands accused of her murder after investigators found Borda dead at his Cottage Grove residence.

      Longtime-friend Patricia described Tammy as a creative soul who was caring and fearless.

      "It's really hard," said Patricia. "She had a big hardy laugh, and she was always funny."

      Martha Smith, another of Borda's countless friends that gathered to pay respects, says she hopes the funeral brings closure to those who lost their companion.

      "I'm hoping this brings peace," said Smith, "Peace for her."

      Borda's funeral program reads, "I guess heaven was needing a hero. Somebody just like you. Brave enough to stand up for what you believe and follow it through."