Three weeks after the tragic death of Cheslie Kryst, hundreds gathered at a church in North Carolina to celebrate the life of the former Miss USA.

The public service was attended by friends, family and admirers. It took place at Elevation Church, Blakeney, N.C., on Friday February 18, 2018. There were emotional speeches from those who know her well.

Chelsie was Chelsie’s mom. April Simpkins said, per the Charlotte Observer. “I am certain that those seeds will bear fruits for many more years.” 

Her words continued: “I’m going missing all of her, and the living example a pure heart. That is what I will miss the most.”

Edward Watson, a man who the aspiring lawyer helped free from prison in 2020, also attended the service and reflected on Cheslie’s compassion for others, according to the Observer.