Family, friends, community remember life of woman killed at Myrtle Beach Mall

Family, friends, community remember life of woman killed at Myrtle Beach Mall

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Police still don't know who shot a 78-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Myrtle Beach Mall January 8, but her family and friends dedicated Thursday afternoon to honoring all her years of life before that single fateful day.

"We are here today to celebrate my mom," said Michele Gagne. "We are not going to mourn this tragedy that took her away from us."

Frances Mae Davis' family and friends celebrated her life at Lee Funeral Home in Little River Thursday.

"She wouldn't want us in here crying. She wouldn't," said Michael Wurz, Davis' grandson-in-law. "We're crying because we see these memories and we know that they've been taken from us."

The crowd cried as well as laughed as they reminisced about good memories, such as this past Christmas when Davis got a bicycle.

"It was like a little kid getting their first bike," Gagne said. "She got it in the living room and was going to ride it and I was like, 'No, let's take it outside!'"

Family members and friends from across the United States attended the service as well as members of the community who didn't know Davis personally.

Horry County Police have not identified any suspects in the case and continue to look for leads.

HCPD Lt. Raul Denis said someone may have seen something in the parking lot that day that could help the investigation.

The ATF is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction and Gagne said that amount could increase soon.

Gagne said a billboard company is donating a billboard to the family to advertise the case and family members plan to do a mass mailing of post cards around the area.

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