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Mourners Celebrate Demitri Hampton's Life

A memorial was held at Suffolk County Community College on Monday.

A little over a week after Demitri Hampton was shot and killed at his Flanders home, friends, family and fellow classmates gathered for a final memorial service to say good-bye.

According to the Riverhead News Review, nearly 100 mourners filled an auditorium at the Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus on Monday morning to remember Hampton. 

The event was filled with stories celebrating Hampton's life, and tears, as songs were sung in his memory, the article stated. Hampton's mother, Juanita Trent, said she found peace in faith, according to the Riverhead News Review. "God has given me strength," she said.

A brief but moving candlelight vigil was also held Thursday night to honor the life of former student Hampton.

Sobbing family and friends held one another during the vigil, which included music, speakers, and words of solace from Hampton's pastor.

Funeral services for Hampton were held Saturday. Suffolk County Community College's eastern campus, where Hampton was a student, also dedicated their annual Black History Month exhibit to his memory.

An investigation into Hampton's death is ongoing; police said last week that Hampton could have been an innocent bystander.

Hampton's death ravaged his family, including his older sister, Jennifer Nicole Davis, who loved him like her own son. "They took my baby from me," she told Patch last week.

For the full Riverhead News Review article, click here.

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