Friends and family mourn slain NC teen girl as memorial service is planned

Summer Faith Waaga in a Facebook photo

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WNCN) — Memorial service plans have been made for a North Carolina teen girl who died after being stabbed in her neck on Sunday.

Meanwhile, there was an outpouring of sympathy and condolences on social media for the family of 18-year-old Summer Faith Waaga of Shiloh in Camden County.

Summer died late Sunday morning after an argument escalated into a stabbing at a home in the 1000 block of Butlers Lane near Elizabeth City State University.

“My heart is just so saddened by the loss of this precious young life. Summer…you were like family to us and meant more than you’ll ever know to my Jacob…you will truly be missed,” wrote Sheila and Chad Grey on Facebook.

According to police, Summer and the suspect have no blood relation to one another and were “hanging out” with other friends at the residence during the time of the incident.  After being stabbed in the neck, Summer managed to make it to the front yard of the home, where she was found by first responders lying on the ground, police say.

A teen girl, who fled the scene of the stabbing, was charged with murder. The suspect is Morgan Lynn McDonald, age 17,  the Daily Advance reported on Tuesday.  (NOTE: Previous reports indicated a juvenile male was the suspect)

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Summer was a student at Camden High School and attended Riddle Pentecostal Holiness Church, her obituary said. The incident stunned friends and family.

“Today was supposed to be a very happy day as I became ordained — instead of happiness I was notified my niece Summer Faith Waaga was murdered she was truly loved very much by me and I am very sad her life was robbed from her,” uncle Lee Johnson, who had attended Bible College, wrote on Facebook.

Summer’s family is now trying to raise money to help pay for her funeral expenses. A GoFundMe page has raised nearly $2,400 in just 6 hours on Monday.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jon Mason officiating, according to her obituary.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the funeral home lobby.

Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street in Elizabeth City is serving the Waaga family.

— WAVY-TV contributed to this report

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