HICKORY — Family and friends of shooting victim Katlyn Wittcop, 17, remembered her at a vigil Wednesday night at Exodus Missionary Outreach Church.

The vigil included songs from the church’s choir, readings of Katlyn’s favorite Bible passages and remarks from friends and family.

Church member Tiffany Gray read a letter Katlyn wrote in the second grade describing what she wanted to do when she grew up.

Katlyn wrote that she wanted to go to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, swim in the ocean with friends and eventually become a doctor who helped children with cancer.

Samantha Crooks, Katlyn’s mentor in Young People of Integrity, recalled the times she would help Katlyn with her math homework through Snapchat. “I just remember her being so happy,” Crooks said. “That was the thing and we need to carry that on with us.”

Melinda Wittcop, Katlyn’s mother, closed out the service by tearfully thanking the people in attendance. “Katlyn, her smile would light up the room,” Wittcop said. “She let everybody know she was in that room.”

Katlyn was shot and killed in July. Cheyenne Kenniston, 20, told officers that she shot Katlyn, according to a search warrant. Kenniston also said that she thought the gun was unloaded.

The Hickory Police Department sent the case to District Attorney David Learner’s Office. No charges have been filed.

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Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

Hickory Daily Record city reporter Email: kgriffin@hickoryrecord.com

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