Private funeral held for Houston Instagram influencer found dead

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It's been nearly two months since a woman known for her Instagram presence was found dead and questions surrounding her death remain unanswered.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Family members gathered recently to remember a Houston Instagram influencer who died in November, according to an obituary from a Pennsylvania funeral home.

Alexis Sharkey, a 26-year-old who moved to Houston in January, was found dead on the side of a road on Nov. 28 in west Houston. Her story has since gained national attention.

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"Lexi had a passion for learning and understanding the many mysteries of life," the obituary from Nelson Funeral Home stated. "As she would often say, "I'm addicted to learning!" and would do extensive research on any given topic, staying open minded in her quest for answers."

A public memorial event is being planned and will be announced later, the obituary stated.

This week, Eyewitness News contacted Houston police investigators to check on the status of the investigation. They tell ABC13 Sharkey's cause of death is pending following an autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

ABC13 also learned homicide detectives asked some of those close to the case not to talk about it publicly as they continue the probe into Sharkey's life and death.

Her mother, who spoke with ABC13 reporter Steve Campion earlier this month, believes foul play was involved.

INTERVIEW: "I do believe she was murdered:" Alexis Sharkey's mom on her death

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While we continue to try to get answers from investigators about the questions surrounding Sharkey's final hours, here is what we know about the events leading up to her death.

TIMELINE: Alexis Sharkey: What we know happened before Houston influencer's death

The case also remains under investigation. If you have any information, you're asked to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

The video above is from previous reporting.

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