Service Memorializes Slain GSU Student - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

12/20/04

Service Memorializes Slain GSU Student

Attendees embrace at today's service. Attendees embrace at today's service.

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 this weekend that one of the church's members--pregnant college student Dena Carter--was found murdered.

Both the police and Carter's adopted family in Statesboro are still looking for answers.

The fourth row seat that was Carter's still sits empty. Members of Agape Worship Center remembered the GSU grad student found murdered a year ago Sunday. "It is hard to look back there and not see her and her smiling face or have her offering to help me with my children," said friend Diane Budgett. "It's very hard."

They remember the girl from California adopted by many into the church family. Thousands of miles from home, Carter 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 Carter 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 Carter is not at peace and neither are they. "We have church members call in every day asking us if there's news," said church member Barbara Mosley. "If we've heard anything, if they've moved forward in arresting whoever's responsible and our answer is no. That's the hard part."

They just want to move on without forgetting someone taken away much too soon.

The case remains under investigation. If you have any information about what happened, call your local FBI office (in Statesboro, the number is 912.764.6311; check local listings elsewhere).

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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