GREENVILLE — Even as police continue their search for Alicia Moore's killer, a community gathered Saturday to say goodbye to the Greenville teenager at a funeral service that lasted several hours.
There was little talk about the crime; most of the service focused on Alicia, and what she meant to her family and friends. Many attending the service wore purple, her favorite color.
It was just over two weeks ago that Alicia's body was found on the side of a rural road about an hour away from her home.
Those who spoke during the funeral remembered Alicia as quiet and shy. Her teachers described her as respectful and humble.
"Alicia dreamed of being a princess," said family friend Deanna Medlin. "That dream has come true. She sits with Jesus in heaven. What else would a princess do?"
Some of her classmates also spoke. They said Alicia was a typical teenage girl who — like many other girls her age — just wanted to be liked and popular.
"She was the most sweetest, happiest person that you would ever meet," said best friend Russell Williams. "If you were having a bad day, she would come up and smile... you couldn't help but smile back at her."
On Friday, Greenville police and the FBI canvassed the area where Alicia disappeared on November 2, hoping to find someone who may have seen something that will be useful in the investigation.
Alicia was last seen getting off her school bus. There is a $15,000 reward for information in this case.