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Vigil held for teenager killed in shooting last week

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Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- Dozens gathered at a Columbia church on Wednesday to say goodbye to a teenager killed in a shooting last week.

Family, friends, neighbors and more showed up at the Bible Way Church on Atlas Road to remember the life of 17-year-old Amon Rice.

"Amon!" said Antrinette Means -- Amon's mother -- as she gestures toward the crowd of dozens. "Look at all the people he came. I'm just so happy...I'm just so happy that my baby touched so many people."

Rice was her youngest son.

Other friends in attendance remarked on Rice's affable demeanor.

"He just had a bubbly personality, and was one of a kind," said one friend in attendance.

Another friend expressed his shock over the loss, saying, "I'm still hurting. But I'm smiling because I know that's what he'd want me to do."

Rice was killed after being shot outside of the Unity Missionary Church in Hopkins last Thursday.

Another teenager was also shot during the incident, and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Rice was not only a student at Lower Richland High School, but a star athlete who played varsity basketball. He was also involved in other sports like baseball and football.

His coaches also gathered at Wednesday night's vigil, noting the teen's passion and dedication for sports. The teen had dreams of playing professionally.

His mother remarked that he started off small, so pushed himself to become a remarkable athlete...and to build up other little guys who felt their size might count against them.

"All my baby wanted to do was play ball," said Means.

Means did announce to the crowd in attendance that an arrest had been made in the case. WACH FOX is still awaiting confirmation from the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Still, anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.


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