DURHAM (WTVD) -- Dozens of community members rallied around a grieving Durham mother at a vigil for 17-year-old Tierra Hall on Saturday.
The teen was discovered dead last Saturday behind a house on Trotter Ridge Road.
During a balloon release, Hall's mom Koteya Hall tearfully thanked the community for their support during the difficult time.
Many people wore purple to the vigil, which was Hall's favorite color. Her classmates stood before the crowd and shared their fond memories of the teen.
Folks who knew the Jordan High School junior said she had a happy-go-lucky personality.
Police said Hall was stabbed to death. Her ex-boyfriend Kelton Fox is accused of killing her.
A family-friend of the victim told ABC11 Hall's mom is trying to cope now with the loss and the emptiness.
"When you're used to just you and your daughter being in your home and now there's nobody there but you, and your daughters dog, that's a lot," said friend Patricia May. "And then to be able to go past her daughter's bedroom. She hasn't been able to go in her room yet. She's just not ready for that yet."
Hall will be laid to rest Wednesday. The service will be in Texas.
The family is still raising money for funeral arrangement. You can find more information on how to donate at http://www.gofundme.com/qb9bb8c.
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