GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (WWNY) - Just outside the Gouverneur Community Center, family and friends gathered to celebrate Treyanna Summerville Saturday.
Pictures of the 18-year old were set up in the outdoor pavilion, along with balloons and flowers. Friends shared fond memories they have of Treyanna.
“Every day that we would see each other. I would hear ‘Hi Taylor,’ really really loudly from like the opposite end of the hallway, or the school. And, I would turn around, and it was always Trey. We’d always see who could yell ‘hi’ the loudest, every single day,” said Taylor Hance.
“With her at lunch, it wasn’t a boring day. It was always fun, and jokes, and food fights sometimes,” said Emily Burgess.
Family of Treyanna allowed 7 News to attend the memorial service, but requested our cameras only record from the parking lot.
Treyanna was killed at her Rowley Street home in Gouverneur on June 22nd and a 13-year-old girl has been accused of her murder.
Gouverneur Mayor Ron McDougall says Treyanna's death has dealt a blow to the community.
“We lost a teenager. I lost a neighbor. The community lost a great young person, a member of the class of 2020,” said McDougall.
Friends say the memorial service is also a graduation party for Treyanna. She would have graduated from Gouverneur Central School this year.
“She didn’t get to have a graduation party. And this is kind of us giving her one for it. I feel like she deserves it,” said Burgess.
People were able to sign Treyanna's yearbook, and her diploma case was set up too.
Treyanna's friends say, to get a glimpse of who she was, there are a few things to know.
“Treyanna was happy, bubbly, and she always had a smile on her face when she came to school,” said Alexis Stevens.
“She was so, just happy, and made every situation better, even though her’s wasn’t always the greatest. But, she was so determined to make everyone else’e better. She was the most selfless person,” said Hance.
The memorial service was capped off with a reading of a eulogy, likening Treyanna to an angel, and reminding people to always do good.
The service was followed by a singing of Amazing Grace by all in attendance.