Stefani was a sweet daughter, sister , team player, and friend with the brightest smile, contagious sense of humor and a voice of an angel. The sky was her limit and she reached it. She was very talented, beautiful, intelligent, and had the biggest heart and warmest smile that would light up an entire room. Stefani lived to the fullest, as everyone was going 20 miles per hour she would be going 100 miles per hour. She was always ready to take on new challenges, whatever came her way. Her tennis achievements made her the youngest Women's champion at the age of 13 at West Side Tennis Club, the most historical club of The United States where the US Open used to take place till 1978. She won the same tournament three times. She was top 20 player in The United States at the age of 12 and number 1 player of the Eastern section at ages 10,12 and 14 . Stefani collected over 50 trophies during her short career, many of them at National tournaments. She knew how to make the most of each match; win or lose. She knew she can always come back and dominate her matches. Everyone wanted to be her friends and she would welcome all with open arms .The memories we hold dear to us will be the ones where we got to spend time with Stefani, being able to laugh and cry with her. The love she had for her friends was the kind of sisterly love. Boy or girl you could trust her with your smallest secrets, the ones you would only keep to yourself. Most of all she loved her family, her mother, her grandmother and her little brother Daniel. Her aspiration to become a child psychiatrist would never be diminished, rather let us continue to follow our dreams in her memory.
Stefani Lineva was a 20-year old sophomore student at Binghamton University and a rising tennis star. She was the singles Northeast 10 Conference champion in October 2016.
On December 3, 2016, Stefani was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver. An autopsy revealed that Stefani had been drugged at the time of her death.