Columbia community remembers Columbia College student killed by gun violence

3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:55:00 PM CDT September 19, 2019 in News
By: Emily Wolf, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Ian Russell and Marina Silva, KOMU 8 Reporters
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COLUMBIA — The Columbia community came together Thursday night to remember the life of a Columbia College student killed in a weekend shooting.

Nadria Wright, 18, was described by her brother Shawntez Wells as the "kindest person" he knew.

"She literally never said no to anyone," Wells said. "It's just really sad that this had to happen to her, someone who only did good."

Dozens lit candles, sang songs and hugged each other as they mourned Wright's loss. Columbia police officers were also in attendance.

Wells said Wright was a great aunt to his children and was always happy to take care of them.

Wright's mother, Shaunda Hamilton, said it made her feel good to know that her daughter was loved in the community.

"Really what I hope is that, I hope that the cycle has to end, and it's not just because it's my child," Hamilton said. "It could be anybody's, and as we see that it's been happening over and over again."

Hamilton told KOMU 8 News earlier this week that Wright had overcome serious adversities in her young life.

"She suffered from a traumatic brain injury when she was 12, so she had to learn how to walk again. She had to learn how to use the bathroom again on her own," Hamilton said.

It took Wright seven months before she could return to school on a part-time basis.

"And then for this to happen," Hamilton said. "It's like she never got a chance. That was our second chance to like make the things that she wanted for herself to happen."

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