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Memorial service held for Athens murder victim

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A week-old murder case in Athens remains unsolved. On Sunday those close to the victim said their final goodbyes.

Sharon Wellington was found stabbed-to-death in her apartment on East Elm Street last Friday.

Investigators say they have questioned a person of interest, but no arrests have been made.

Nine days after the news of Wellington's death, a community reeling from her loss came together to say goodbye. A memorial service was held at the Central Church of Christ Athens.

The place was packed with not only people who knew and loved Wellington, but those who had never met her.

Even the mayor and the Athens Police Chief were there, to mourn her loss and celebrate her life.

"It has been a tough time, but in all honesty it is still a celebration," said close friend and fellow church member, Joy Watkins.

There could not have been a better place, or a better way, to remember her.

"It is truly an honor to come and speak and be with her family here in Alabama," said Floyd Johnson, Athens Police Chief. 

Wellington moved to Limestone County just a few years ago. With no ties to the area, the members of her church became her family.

This weekend, she was brought back to South Carolina to be buried, but at her memorial service in Athens, it was clear she had also touched a lot of lives in the Tennessee Valley.

"Many of us were not able to go to South Carolina and be with her family, so it was great for us to be able to come together here as a family," said Watkins.

Her murder has certainly had a big impact on those living in Limestone County.

"This will bring peace to hearts, settle minds, and comfort people," said Johnson.

Wellington's friends say her death is something they will never get over, but they hope to bring her killer to justice.

As for the investigation, Athens police say there is nothing new at this time, but they ask anyone with information about Sharon Wellington's murder to contact law enforcement immediately.

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