Born April 2, 1992, in Livingston, N.J., Sammi grew up with two brothers in a baseball-playing family.
As an 8-year-old pitcher and the only girl on the Toluca Lake Titans baseball team, she once threw nine strikes in the final inning to win the game. The tough-as-nails performance was vintage Sammi, said Frank: “She was just that kind of chick.”
At El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, she played varsity girls softball. After graduating in 2010, she studied at San Francisco State and started a folk-country-rock band called Scary Girls.
After returning to Los Angeles earlier this year, Kraft enrolled at Santa Monica College and often performed as a solo singer-guitarist at small venues. On the last night of her life, she attended a show and was trying to network with bands, her brother said.
For the last year, Kraft had collaborated with her brother on a musical called “Funerals” that was inspired by their grandmother’s death. She had spent a week in January in New York work-shopping the production with actors.
“Now I know I need to complete this for her,” Frankie said. “It was our baby, and it’s nothing to be wasted.”
One of the songs she wrote for the musical is called “Time” and includes the lyric: “Time slows without warning.”
She is survived by her parents, Shelly and Lulu Kane Kraft of Marina del Rey; brothers Frankie and Bobby; and a grandfather, Syd Kane.
Services are pending.