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Greenwood community mourns teen killed in DUI crash

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Friends and family remember Shykeria Watts. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina) Friends and family remember Shykeria Watts. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Shykeria Watts (Source: Family) Shykeria Watts (Source: Family)
Friends and family remember Shykeria Watts. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina) Friends and family remember Shykeria Watts. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate community is mourning the loss of a life taken too soon.

Troopers said 16-year-old Shykeria Watts was killed in a wreck involving alcohol. Twenty-three-year-old Rasheed Reeves is in jail, charged with driving under the influence and causing the crash.

Wednesday night, friends and family in Greenwood held a vigil to remember Watts' life. They still can't believe she's really gone.

The coroner said the teen died at the hospital, not long after a bad wreck on Interstate 26 on Sunday.

Through their investigation, troopers said it was Reeves who drove the car that crashed in Spartanburg County. At his bond hearing on Sunday, Watts' mom made an emotional plea to the judge.

"I do not want him to get out, he took my everything," she said.

Reeves told the judge that he wasn't the one driving, and that it was Watts. The Spartanburg County Solicitor's Office said they had enough evidence to charge Reeves and that they are "confident that Highway Patrol charged the right person."

Reeves will remain in jail until his lawyer asks the circuit court judge for a lower bond, according to the representatives from the solicitor's office.

Friends of Watts' still have questions about how she ended up in that car in the first place. Her cousin, Porche Foster, said she heard that Watts had been with friends who knew Reeves and his brother, but she had no idea that Watts knew them well enough to drive all the way to Spartanburg with them.

"When I heard about it, I was thinking, 'well she's going to be OK. It was just a little accident,'" said Foster. "We thought everything was going to be fine. I was going to go see her in the hospital. And we didn't think none of this was going to happen."

Watts' funeral will be held Friday in Edgefield, at Pleasant Lane Baptist Church. There will be a public viewing from noon until 8 p.m. at the Way of Life Church in Greenwood on Thursday.

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