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12/19/04

Statesboro Residents Remember Slain GSU Student

Church members comfort each other at Dena Carter's memorial. Church members comfort each other at Dena Carter's memorial.

As people around the Coastal Empire and Low Country prepare to celebrate Christmas, members of a Statesboro church are reliving a heartache. It was one year ago Sunday that one of their members, a pregnant college student, was found murdered. Since Dena Carter's disappearance, her loved ones are still looking for answers.

The fourth row seat where Dena Carter sat is still empty. Members of Agape Worship Center remembered the GSU grad student who was found murdered a year ago Sunday.

"It is hard to look back there and not see her and her smiling face," explained her friend, Diane Budgett, "or have her offering to help me with my children. It is very hard."

They remember the girl from California adopted by many into the church family. Thousands of miles from home, Dena was six months pregnant when she disappeared last September. Church members like Evelyn Chavers were ready to welcome the baby due Christmas day. Instead, they spent the holidays in heartache when hunters at Fort Benning found remains of Dena and the unborn child she'd already named Destiny Nicole. The case remains unsolved.

In today's service, church members sang, prayed, and cried through unresolved grief. They feel Dena is not at peace and neither are they.

"We have church members call in every day asking us if there's news," said Barbara Mosley. "They want to know if we've heard anything, if they've moved forward in arresting whoever is responsible and our answer is no. That's the hard part."

Dena's family will have their own memorial service soon in California. Her mother has said she won't come back to Georgia until her daughter and granddaughter's killer is brought to trial.

The case remains under investigation. If you have any information about what happened, call your local F.B.I. office.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

 

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