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Daughter in custody in connection with mother's death in Bali

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Friends of Sheila Von Weise-Mack had warned her not to bring her daughter Heather on the trip to Bali.

Heather Mack was a 19-year-old girl torn between two worlds – at least that's what her friends say. Some knew her as a friendly girl who would give her last to make sure everyone was ok, while others describe a troubled girl turned teen who they grew up with in Oak Park.

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Instagram video showed what appears to be Heather popping a champagne bottle long before she was old enough to drink alcohol. It's just one of many videos some say portray a young girl spiraling out of control.

“I think it started going downhill probably in middle school. That's when she started not trying in school,” said Connor McIlwain.

“She had boys over at the house who stole things and who were calling Heather his [expletive] to her mother and just outrageous behavior,” said Meghan Ide.

Ide and McIlwain attended extravagant childhood birthday parties for Heather. They've known her since kindergarten and attended middle school and high school.

“She was the girl that was walking around in high heels and always posting things on partying and stuff on social media,” said Ide in an interview with FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.

“Her mom, I remember freshman year, frantically coming up to my parents at conferences and saying do you have a tutor in mind, she was always kind of like struggling,” said McIlwain.

Friends say Heather's father, an accomplished composer, died when she was in elementary school.

The teens all grew up on the 600 block of Linden Avenue in Oak Park.

Mack lived in a $1.6 million dollar home with her mother until 2011 when the two moved to a condo in Downtown Chicago on Lakeshore Drive.

Nate Fields paints a different picture of the teen.

“She was a nice, sweet person. Anything I wanted, she would help me get it,” said Fields.

“Every little time I spent with her, I've just known her to be a great person, cool, she never had any problems. She was this person that I always called when I went downtown because she was that friendly,” Fields added.

“It's just so sad, it's shocking. I didn't think anything would lead to that,” said Ide.

FOX 32's Tisha Lewis reports Heather's friends say the 19-year-old was an aspiring actress who had big dreams of moving to Los Angeles and making it big in Hollywood. They say she took an Improv class at Second City.

Most people interviewed by FOX 32 News say despite Heather's troubled past, no one expected the teen would be in custody in connection with her mother's death.

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