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Hundreds celebrate life of woman killed in fire

November 4, 2007

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— Hundreds of people crowded into a church in a Cleveland suburb Saturday to remember a woman who was among seven college students killed in a North Carolina beach house fire.

At the service in The Federated Church-United Church of Christ, Allison Walden, 19, was remembered for her energy, cheer and commitment to her studies at the University of South Carolina, the Rev. Mark Simone said.

"There was lots of laughter, and lots of tears," Simone said afterward. "But it was difficult. It's been such a loss to the community."

Five other students from Walden's university and one from Clemson University were killed in the Oct. 28 fire at a house in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., where they had been spending the weekend. Six students survived.

Jerry Brewer, the University of South Carolina's associate vice president for student affairs, and a half dozen of Walden's sorority sisters were among the estimated 600 people who attended the service, Simone said.

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