Earlier this evening, hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil to honor a 19-year-old woman who was shot and killed in South Carolina.
Karson Whitesell's life tragically came to an end on Tuesday evening, after she was the victim of a random shooting at the Peach Stand where she worked.
More pictures from Karson's candlelight vigil. @wsoctv
The shooting came as a shock to local residents, especially because Fort Mill is a tight knit community that has a very low crime rate.
Whitesell was working the cash register when she was gunned down by a 28-year-old man identified as Christopher Mendez.
After the shooting, Mendez was taken into custody without incident.
In the days leading up to the vigil, a memorial to honor Whitesell grew outside the store. The store has remained closed since the shooting, but will reopen tomorrow.
When we visited the Peach Stand earlier today, two women left flowers outside the store. The two strangers hugged each other and said through tears, "She's in a better place now."
Whitesell, a resident of Rock Hill, had an impact on everyone she came in contact with. She was just one of those people who brightened the day -- Just by being in her presence.
According to WSOC, a visitation for Whitesell will be held at Illumine Church in Rock Hill on Friday evening between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Her funeral will be held the following day at 11 a.m.
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