Family and community remember Gabbiee Swainson
Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:04:49 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- Memorial services were held Sunday for a South Carolina teenager whose body was found in a grave outside Elgin.
Friends of the family, the community, and officials all gathered to remember the vibrant and humble teenager.
"Even though she is not physically with us, she still continues to touch us," said Sheriff Leon Lott.
Found 10 days shy of the one year anniversary of her disappearance, Sheriff Leon Lott continued to speak about the unity Gabbie brought to the community.
"Everyone learned about God's angel called Gabbiee. We all learned what a child of God she was in her life."
Old videos of swainson played at the service, while many refelcted on the funny moments they'd shared with Gabbiee.
On Wednesday the Town of Elgin held a vigil to remember the Columbia teen.
The man who had been charged with kidnapping the girl led officers to her body earlier this month. Freddie Grant plead guilty to Gabbiee's murder and is also serving a federal sentence on an ammunition charge.
Gabbiee was 15 years old when she went missing from her home a year ago. Authorities have said Grant dated her mother and used a key he claimed to have lost to enter the family's home and take Gabbiee from her bed as she slept.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)