Friends remember shooting victim at vigil

Friends remember shooting victim at vigil

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - 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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