Friends of the 16-year-old Hamblen County girl shot and killed Friday are remembering her fun-loving smile.
The Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office said Tamia Clark, a student at Morristown-Hamblen East High School, was killed in a Friday night shooting at Cherokee Park.
Asia Stokes, 16, of Morristown, grew up with Clark. Stokes and her mother, Amy Wallace, are still in shock over the death of her friend.
"I was just hoping I would wake up from this nightmare, but no. It just continues on and it just hurts," Stokes said.
"She was just a sweet girl. I just don't understand," Wallace said.
Clark was a flute player in the high school band.
"She absolutely loved band," Stokes said.
The sheriff’s office charged Dalton Mitchell Hodges, 19, of Hamblen County with second degree murder. Clark and Hodges had an on-and-off relationship, according to the sheriff’s office.
"She was just such a loving and caring person and she did not deserve any of this. She had such a bright future ahead of her," Stokes said.
The school’s student council asked students to bring a flower to school Monday morning in honor of Clark’s bright personality.
Monday morning in remembrance of Tamia Clark we ask everyone to bring a bright flower to represent her bright personality. (1/2)— East High StuCo (@mhhsestuco) May 13, 2017
"She'll always be with us no matter what,” Stokes said. “Always in our hearts."