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‘Taken too soon:’ Friends, family gather to remember Salley teen

January 19, 2017

Family and friends of 16-year-old Ny’Zarria Kitchings sought closure on Wednesday after the beloved high school student from Salley died in a tragic car crash.

The vigil to honor Kitchings, who died the night of Jan. 13, was held adjacent to where the crash occurred.

Kitchings died after the car in which she was a passenger crashed into a tree around 11:30 p.m. Jan. 13 on Hollow Creek Road near John Nunn Highway in Perry.

The driver of the stolen 1999 Toyota, Willie Albert Seawright Jr., was being pursued by police before he lost control of the car and struck a tree, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Darryl Ables.

The more than 100 community and family members huddled together on Hollow Creek Road with balloons, which were later released in Kitching’s honor.

“Tonight, we held this candlelight vigil for Ny’Zarria at the place where the accident happened,” said Christopher Wise, Kitchings’ uncle. “We all came together, everyone who loved her, to release some balloons. It turned out beautiful.”

Kitchings was not wearing a seat belt, S.C. Highway Patrol reported.

“She is going to be missed very, very, very much,” Wise said.

Seawright, 21, of Salley, was wanted on charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime for shooting one person and robbing another in Wagener, according to police.

Seawright was taken to Augusta University Medical Center in critical condition. He remains hospitalized.

Mya Lucas, of Salley, was one of more than 100 who attended the vigil.

“She was taken just too soon,” Lucas said. “I don’t know why she was in the car with (Seawright). This whole thing is just tragic.”