Memorial service planned for Raleigh college student who wanted to be a teacher

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Memorial service plans have been made for a slain Raleigh college student who had dreams of becoming a teacher.

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Kari Onyea Watson, age 18, went to Southeast Raleigh High and was a freshman at Winston-Salem State.

She was killed during a shooting in Raleigh early in the morning of Dec. 23  in the 2800 block of Filbert Street when she was hit by a bullet in her head, officials and 911 calls indicate.

Watson’s 18-year-old boyfriend, Dre’kwon Bagley, was injured in the shooting.

Watson’s family members said she had earned a Future Teachers of Wake County Scholarship. Watson’s aunt said her niece was attending Winston-Salem State University in hopes of becoming a history teacher.

Watson had just recently earned dean’s list honors after her first semester in college.

Watson’s aunt described her niece as “an angel that will be missed by us all.”

Family members said they believed Watson was giving a friend a ride home Wednesday night when she got caught in the middle of a shootout. Neighbors said they heard at least 10 shots.

A GoFundMe page set up to help raise money for Watson’s funeral has raised nearly $12,000.

“Thank you to everyone that’s contributed to Kari’s services and lifted us in your thoughts and prayers,” wrote Michelle Gardner, who set up the page

A Memorial Service for Watson will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday at Body of Christ, 4501 Spring Forest Road in Raleigh.

Xavier JaQuan Sanders, 21, was charged with murder in Watson’s death, police said last week.

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