MCBEE, S.C. – Hundreds gathered at the T & T Country Store Wednesday night to remember the store’s manager, 30-year-old Beverly Hope Melton.
The candlelight vigil was organized over Facebook.
Melton’s husband and parents cried as her friends, co-workers, even perfect strangers said prayers and sang “Amazing Grace.”
People from McBee said their small town will never be the same after what happened to Melton. The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office said Melton was abducted, raped and beaten to death by 23-year-old Nickolas Miller.
Sheriff Jim Matthews said Miller spotted 30-year-old Beverly Melton at Jacks store in Jefferson, S.C.
Surveillance video released Wednesday showed Miller holding the door open for Melton as she walked inside to make a purchase. It also showed Miller waited in his vehicle until Melton left, his car can be seen following her car.
Friends and family said even though the video was difficult to watch, they took comfort in seeing Melton.
“The last time I saw her was on the video from that store, and guess what? She had a smile on her face,” said brother-in-law Frankie Melton.
Miller is charged with murder and will soon face sexual assault and kidnapping charges in both counties as well.