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Remembering Bobbi Kristina Brown One Year After Tragedy: 'I Miss Her Every Day,' Friend Tells PEOPLE

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One year after Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home, her family and close friends are still fighting for justice when it comes to her death at age 22.

“It’s still surreal,” her neighbor and close friend Debbie Brooks tells PEOPLE. “My heart is so heavy and I miss her every day. Every time I walk by her house, I expect her to come running out.”

According to Brooks, who says she was a “mother figure” to Bobby Brown‘s late daughter, Brown was “a wonderful, sweet, kind, generous, loving young woman … with a beautiful spirit and an incredibly dazzling smile.”

Brown’s Georgia home was listed in December for $470,000, and a source tells PEOPLE it’s since been sold.

Brown’s family and her conservator Bedelia Hargrove are still suing her boyfriend Nick Gordon for his alleged involvement in her death (Gordon’s lawyers have strongly denied the accusations, calling them “meritless and slanderous”).

“Ms. Brown died due to a violent altercation with Defendant (Gordon) after which he placed her in a bathtub, unconscious, after he injected her with a toxic mixture,” reads Hargrove’s filing.

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Brown’s aunt Pat Houston told PEOPLE in November her niece was headed to rehab before her death. “She was adamant with everyone else that she didn’t want to go, but she didn’t tell me that. She just texted me: ‘I’m coming Auntie Pat, to talk, I love you,'” said Houston.

Brown – the only child of Bobby and the late Whitney Houston – died six months after being found in her home. She never fully regained consciousness and was kept on life support following her near-drowning.

“Krissi’s story, as unique as it is, is so filled with tragic clichés,” says a family friend. “The daughter of a ‘princess of a woman,’ both gone too soon. One having left an amazing legacy, the other never quite fulfilling her potential. Both lost to us. Both loved and missed immensely.”

Reporting by ELISSA ROSEN and LIZ McNEIL