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Family, friends hold memorial for murdered student

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

For some of the family and friends it is still difficult to talk about a woman whose personality they say lit the room, so during a private memorial they shared how Rebecca Foley touched each one of their lives, as police still search for answers.

With balloons, flowers and mementos in tote, family and friends gathered at Fannie's on the Beach to remember a young women whose life was cut short.

"We need to remember Rebecca and the beautiful child she was," said Bush Insurance Agency Employer and close friend Marsheila Bush-Rhodes. "We loved her very much. She has beautiful. She had friends and a beautiful family. She was a bubbly person, that always bounced around and we want to pay our respects to her tonight."

The 21 year old was shot and killed in the parking lot of Colonial Village on Marsh Cove Monday night.

"We have been here since Monday, I just went to funeral home to view her body," said Grandmother Carolyn Foley. "It has been very traumatic. It has been very painful but we are holding up ok."

Family and friends say Foley was a dedicated student at Savannah State University, a loving friend and a hard worker. They just can't comprehend how someone could do this.

"Rebecca was a beautiful young talented student, that laughed loved life," said Foley. "I don't understand why someone would get their kicks out of snuffing out someone's life that young."

Rhodes says Foley was attending college while working at her office at Bush Insurance Agency over the past couple of years. During that time, she became a part of the family.

"With Rebecca we are devastated," said Rhodes. "I want to know who did this to her. It's been tough. Its senseless what happened."

They are holding on to all of those good memories that made Rebecca so unforgettable.

As if this story is not tragic enough, Foley's parents are divorced and they do not agree on how she should be laid to rest. Right now, her body is on the way to Calhoun, Georgia, where she will be cremated. The family is trying to work to have her ashes scattered on Tybee Island, a place they say she would want to be laid to rest.

During the memorial, family and friends donated money to Crimestoppers to help increase the reward for a tip that could lead to an arrest.

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