Funeral For Murdered Ole Miss Student Draws Hundreds

Family and friends gathered in Moss Point today to remember the life of a 19 year old South Mississippi college student.

The body of Ole Miss student Carnesha Nelson was found near Sardis Lake, just two days after she disappeared from her Oxford apartment May 27th.

"Shock and disbelief," Jason Rembert, a former classmate said."I didn't believe it at first."

When Jason Rembert found out about Carnesha Nelson's death, he didn't want to believe it was true.

"She was a very sweet person, and just a person just undeserving of the fate that happened to her," Rembert said.

Jason is just one of the many classmates who gathered at First Baptist Missionary Church in Moss Point Saturday afternoon, to remember the life of Carnesha Nelson.

"Most of these people are friends, her class, and family," Shetamera Biggs, a high school friend said. "We all miss her and love her.

It's just hard." Although Carnesha is gone, her classmates say they will always remember her spirit.

"She was a real outgoing person, always speaking, never had any enemies, not one enemy at all," Biggs said.

"She wasn't very quiet at all," Rembert said. "She wasn't very shy. She was just an all-around good person to be around in general."

To help others remember the legacy Nelson left behind, her former high school classmates gave a special gift in her memory.

"We got a big ole frame with her picture on it," Biggs said. "Everybody's signed it. She will always be in our hearts. I miss her. I miss her."

26-year-old Demetrius Smith has been charged with murder in the drowning death of Carnesha Nelson.

He has pleaded not guilty and is in the Panola County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Meanwhile, Carnesha Nelson's parents and Chevron have set up a scholarship fund in her memory.

Donations can be mailed to the Carnesha Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of the University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, Mississippi, 38677.