FORT MILL, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Emotions were running high Thursday night as the Fort Mill community came together to remember 19-year-old Karson Whitesell.
“It’s a disheartening week. It's nice to have a lot of hearts and a lot of love, it's beautiful,” said Karson’s mother, Debbie Whitesell.
Her mother addressed the somber crowd just two days after her daughter was shot and killed inside The Peach Stand.
“Continue to share her memories of her and continue to keep us in your prayers,” she asked.
Candles, flowers and well wishes were left for a young woman everyone admired.
“She loved everybody, she was nice to everybody, she never had an altercation or an argument, an enemy, nobody,” said one friend who attended the vigil.
“She was super sweet. She didn't meet a stranger,” said another.
Karson's pastor spoke as well, saying the night was especially challenging because her death was so senseless.
“When a thing like this happens it feels like the floor has fallen off beneath you and I want to give them a foundation for them and that's the message we give that there is a foundation. The foundation is that is love that he has for people. The love that he has for Karson and we can stand of that during really hard times,” the pastor said.
And despite a life gone too soon, those who knew her are keeping Karson’s best memories alive.
“She was a beautiful person inside and out.”
Services for Karson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 at Illumine Church located at 1262 Riverchase Blvd. in Rock Hill with Reverend Kent Reeder officiating. Burial will be private. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Karson's memorial fund.