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Friends, family remember Pee Dee woman shot and killed while pregnant

Family and friends gathered to honor Tomena Ford on Wednesday. (Source: Audrey Biesk) Family and friends gathered to honor Tomena Ford on Wednesday. (Source: Audrey Biesk)
Flowers were placed inside a local school that held a funeral service for Tomena Ford. (Source: Audrey Biesk) Flowers were placed inside a local school that held a funeral service for Tomena Ford. (Source: Audrey Biesk)

PAMPLICO, SC (WMBF) - Close to 1,000 people remembered 33-year-old Tomena Ford, who was eight months pregnant when she was shot and killed inside a Florence home last week.

A funeral service held in Ford's honor took place at Hannah-Pamplico High School on Wednesday afternoon.

Ford walked the school's hallways 15 years ago, and people from all over came to remember the life she lived and the life she was just about to start with her first baby girl.

As Ford’s loved ones walked inside the gym with heavy hearts, they said the past week has been hard ever since they heard the news that she and her baby were gone.

“I was heartbroken," said Tiesha Davis, a family friend. "I was very shocked because I didn’t think someone like her, being so sweet and kind, that it could happen to her.” 

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office alleged that Ford's boyfriend, a corrections officer, was the shooter. Law enforcement said he was the one to call 911 on the morning of the shooting. 

Still, those who knew Ford don't want the details of that morning to be what they remember about her.

“Everyone was excited for her because she knew the importance of family, so she wanted one of her own," Davis said. "So, her having her first baby, she was excited about it. She was elated to just tell everyone about it and wanted everyone to just support her." 

Tara Grant, a cousin of Ford's, said Wednesday's service was very emotional and inspirational. 

"Her spirit, she had a very warm, loving spirit, just like her mother and father," she said. "Yes, very spiritual people.”

Grant added that the funeral service was also a time of celebration and joy, complete with singing, dancing, clapping and reminiscing about the happy times Ford lived.

Davis said, after many miscarriages, family is what mattered most to her long-time friend.

Following the funeral service, a burial took place at the family’s home church in Pamplico, Aimwell Missionary Baptist Church. 

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