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Friends remember shooting victim at vigil


The rain poured outside of the pavilion at Unity Park in Moncks Corner, but inside, it was tears that fell.

Dozens of friends of 18-year-old Dana Woods gathered in a candlelight vigil to remember the teen who was found shot to death inside the Francis Marion National Forest on Tuesday.  Woods and 22-year-old June Guerry had been reported missing this past weekend.

A family friend organized the vigil, which including prayer and singing.  Friends also recounted their favorite memories of the formerly home-schooled student.

"She was the first one to ever be my friend at the field trip," fellow home-schooled student Edna Todd said.  "I was really appreciative."

Friends could write personal messages on a large easel which displayed a smiling picture of Woods.

"I'll never forget the smile," family friend Glenda Stoll said.  "Dana has touched a lot of people."

Woods was in her second year at Trident Technical College, where she was studying to become a paralegal.  The school was the last place family friend Heather Gilstrap recalled seeing Woods.

"She was trying to get a hug from my little girl Natalie, and I just wish I would have given her a hug," she says.

Friends says Dana's violent death is especially tragic, because of the teen's sweet and caring nature.

"This was senseless to me -- this crime," Stoll said.  "How dare someone strip the life of this young beautiful girl that had so much ahead of her without a thought about it -- she's gone."

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has since located a second body about 10 miles away from where Woods was found.  An autopsy will be performed on Thursday to confirm an identity. 

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