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Memorial for Morgan McCarty


As Knoxville Police continue their search for the driver who hit a college student near campus over the weekend, her friends, and fellow students hold a candlelight vigil in memory of their lost loved one.

Volunteer TV's Gary Loe attended the memorial service and is in the newsroom with the vigil.

Thoughts and prayers focused on Morgan McCarty, a 20-year-old co-ed who's life ended unexpectedly and far too soon. Dozens of community members joined the 150 active sisters of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority in a candlelight vigil at circle park on the UT Campus.

"Although she is gone, today is not a time to mourn the death of Morgan, today is a day to celebrate the life she lived and the impact she made on this world," one speaker said.

They came for many reasons, and for one reason -- to support those struggling with the loss of Morgan McCarty of Jackson, Tennessee.

"I pray that each one of us walk away, taking a bit of Morgan with us," one speaker said.

Morgan's employer not only lost one of his best workers, he lost a friend.

"Nobody brought more to life in our store than Morgan. Nobody," Tom Buchanan said.

Tearful remembrances in poem recall their loved one.

"If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a life we kissed, ah yes, these things I too we miss," one speaker said.

The 250 participants lit candles in a vigil to remember their sorority sister, their friend, and someone they've only known through reports of her death.

"Just wanted to come and pray with them and let them know there's hope in a world when things are hopeless, there is hope," community member Kristin Miller said.

Candles burn brightly illuminating photos. Still more candles burn strongly in the hundreds of hands celebrating Morgan McCarty's life.

"Morgan lived her life to the fullest, and I feel that each one of these flames represents a life that will forever burn in our hearts," friend Ashley Gilley said.

One speaker mentioned that one of the last times she spoke with her sorority sister, Morgan told her how happy she was, that she loved her roommates, loved her house, and most of all, loved her life.


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