Friends and family of a missing teenager found dead are celebrating her life.

Searchers found 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert's body in some woods last week in Lynchburg.

Her family reported her missing just a couple days before that.

It's still hard for those who knew the Lynchburg teen, to understand why anyone would do this.

With candles lit, emotions ran high as friends and family remembered Jamisha, a young woman who had planned on attending the University of Maryland.

"Jamisha was a very outgoing person. She was very smart young lady. There's so much you can say about her," said friend Shadena Hill- Watkins.

Friends said she was that friend they could count on and talk to in time of need. And they just can't figure out why anyone would want to hurt Jamisha. When they heard the news they were devastated

"I'm cold, I'm numb, I'm shocked, I'm hurt. It is something I wouldn't put on my worst enemy. This is a pain that I never want to experience again in life," said her father, Reginald Poindexter.

Inside of Megginson School friends tried to keep it together, as they reflected on memories.

Across town at the First Baptist church of South Lynchburg, ministers from all over met to take a stance against violence toward the youth.

Jamisha's wake will be held Tuesday at Community Funeral Home. Her memorial service will be held Wednesday.