Friends remember 16-year-old who drowned on Lake Waccamaw

Published: Aug. 3, 2016 at 1:47 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2016 at 11:52 AM EDT
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LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WECT) - The body of a 16-year-old girl who went missing on Lake Waccamaw was recovered Tuesday night.

Lake Waccamaw Police Chief Scott Hyatt said Raven Little-White was sitting near the back of a boat when she slipped off and fell into the water, according to a report by the Associated Press.

White was located around 9:30 p.m. and was not wearing a life jacket.

Western Prong Baptist Church in Whiteville opened its doors Wednesday night to those that needed a place to come and grieve.

"It is just going to be hard not seeing her and her lighting up the room," said friend, Logan Jackson. "She is always going to have an impact on my life and I am going to try to be more like her and have the impact on other people's lives like she had on ours."

Youth Pastor Dwight Martinez said many of the youth in his congregation were close friends with Raven at Whiteville High School and said she would come to activities at their church. He said he wanted to be able to support her friends and the community.

"We want them to feel secure, have a place that they know that they recognize, that they feel comfortable with, and that they can just be free to grieve," said Martinez. Grief counselors were also on hand Wednesday night.

Raven's friends said she was always smiling and could make anyone feel better.

"She always lit up the room and she changed my personality, she made me a brighter person and she always made everyone happy no matter what," Jackson said.

"If we were upset, she never ignored you. She would keep up with you, she would check in with you, she would ask, she would make sure you were alright," said friend Allie Nelson.

"She would always make me laugh, her personality was so great, everyone was just so happy around her," said friend Morgan Rasberry.

The church was packed Wednesday night, filled with people wearing bright colors and floral prints, all for Raven, who loved Lilly Pulitzer, according to Jackson, Rasberry and Nelson.

"She loved Lilly Pulitzer, that's what this is in honor of, she loved fashion. She loved singing and dancing for sure, we'll miss those car rides," smiled Jackson.

"A simple going out to dinner, just a random going out to dinner, we had to get dressed up and just make it an event," added Nelson.

"She would always find away to make everyone laugh and it would be fun around her no matter what," said Jackson. "I just love her so much."

Funeral services for Raven will take place on Sunday afternoon.

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