#SayHerName: India Clarke
Updated 7:38 AM ET, Thu July 7, 2016
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Tampa, Florida (CNN)India Clarke was a teenager when she got the tattoo near the corner of her eye. The image was so faint, blue ink on black skin, that her family barely could make it out at first. It was a symbol of metamorphosis. "She said butterflies are always flying away, always free," a friend of hers told me. And this butterfly hinted at life beyond her body.