Loved ones celebrated the life of a slain Greenville teenager through prayer and song on Saturday.
Sixteen-year-old Alicia Moore's body was found Nov. 6 inside a storage trunk left on the side of a highway in Van Zandt County. No one has been arrested in connection with her slaying.
Moore's family and hundreds of friends and classmates packed the pews at Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
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Many were dressed in purple because it was Moore's favorite color.
"[She was] a young princess -- one that touched many hearts around the city, around the community, and we want her to know that this a day of celebration," the Rev. Brian Keith Thomas said. "We don't celebrate death, for death is not the end; it's just the beginning."
During the ceremony, many took the time to share their memories of the young woman. Her after-school teacher, Mike Nelson, said he remembered the first time he met her.
"She never caused any problems," he said. "You never saw anger, you never saw disrespect, and I was like, 'Wow. What's your name?' 'Alicia.' 'Alicia, what?' 'Moore.' 'How you doing Ms. Moore?' That’s what I called her from then on."
Toward the end of the two and half-hour service, emotion overcame some family members.