A year after she was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Hilton Head Island, friends and family gathered to remember Jenny Elizabeth Mercer.
About 50 people attended a memorial service Monday at the Sea Pines Beach Club.
"She loved life and all its wonders," Diana Mercer Imler of Hilton Head, Mercer's mother, said during her remarks.
Mercer, 34, was walking along South Forest Beach Drive early Nov. 3, 2013, when she was hit by an eastbound vehicle. Another driver found Mercer at about 2:45 a.m.
On Monday, Imler shared stories of her daughter's kindness, love and adventurous spirit.
Mercer was a Bob Marley fan, and island musician Craig Coyne played the reggae artist's hit "Three Little Birds" in her honor.
Mercer's childhood friend, Chandler Brunson, read a poem titled, "As We Remember Jenny."
"As long as we live, Jenny, too, will live, for she are now a part of us as we remember Jenny," Brunson said, her voice breaking as she began to cry.
No arrests have been made in connection to Mercer's death. Auto dealer O.C. Welch is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, but Hannah Wimberly, a spokeswoman for the S.C. Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident, said they haven't received any tips.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 888-274-6372.
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- Mother seeks closure in deadly Hilton Head hit-and-run, Jan. 26, 2014