Family and friends are remembering the life of 18-year-old Malik Spencer. Funeral services were held Saturday in Beaufort for the high school student who disappeared in December.

His body was found last month. Spencer had been shot to death. 

At the funeral service, music, dancing, and hugs from Spencer’s mom are what kept spirits high at the service. People filled every seat at New Hope Christian Church. 

“What an awesome opportunity to celebrate someone so amazing,” said Theresa Roberts, Spencer’s pastor. “The community came together with hundreds and hundreds of welcomes. hundreds and hundreds of cards, emails and text messages to say ‘I love you.'” 

That love comes mostly from Spencer’s immediate family. They sat in the front row to face his silver casket, and graduation cap and gown. Spencer would have graduated from Whale Branch Early College High School this year. 

“We loved him dearly,” said one of Spencer’s aunts. “And I know one thing: he was awesome. He was great. He was to the highest.” 

Pastors, friends and youth ministers who spoke say Spencer felt most at home in places of worship. Fitting then, that people crowded in the church to listen to funny stories and songs honoring the high school senior. 

“He was such a gentleman: one of great character and one of great standards. And [he is] one the children loved. We will call him our young role model,” said Roberts. 

Roberts says she hopes Spencer also serves as an example.

“Malik said it best when he said [to] be careful of the company you keep. You’re only one step away from a bad decision. Make good choices, so your life will live long after your decisions have been made,” said Roberts.  

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for the person who killed Spencer. They want to hear from you if you know anything. 

You can remain anonymous. Call Crimestoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.