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Sharpton's friends and classmates accepted their nursing degrees today at the Highland Hills Church of Christ in Tullahoma.
"Megan worked hard for this," said Kelly Sharpton, Megan's mother. "She wanted this, she wanted to be a nurse and she was on her way before her life was stolen."
Sharpton's burned and beaten body was found in a Franklin County field July 3.
Her mother, who accepted Megan's diploma Friday said her daughter's loss affects more than just her family.
"I'm not the only one that should be sad," she said. "Every patient that she would have had, every person that she would have touched should also be lost like I am."
The 18 classmates that studied alongside Megan say graduation wasn't the same without her.
"She's not physically here with us but in spirit," said Wren Perry, a classmate.
That's why they decorated an empty seat in her honor and put together a touching slide show that was played during the ceremony.
"We made that for her for us to show tonight of pictures of Megan to express to everyone who didn't get to meet he what kind of person she was," Perry said.
Megan's mother said the support from her daughter's friends was hard to put in words.
"Bittersweet," Kelly Sharpton said. "[I'm] so proud of her for her work but heartbroken that some evil person would take her from this world."
Investigators said they are looking into a person of interest. A convicted felon named Donnie Jones is being held at the Coffee County Jail on a weapons charge and $100,000 bond.
Friday, October 26 2012, 10:54 PM CDT
Police charge 3 in transplanted NC woman's slaying
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina police say they've found no prior connections between a woman killed in her apartment and three people charged with murder.
Raleigh police detectives said Wednesday they've charged the suspects with killing Melissa Dawn Huggins-Jones days before her 31st birthday last week. Huggins-Jones had moved to Raleigh two weeks earlier from Cleveland, Tenn. for a new job and a fresh start. She was originally from Elizabethtown in Bladen County
The suspects in custody are 23-year-old Ronald Lee Anthony Jr., 18-year-old Sarah Rene Redden and 20-year-old Travian Devonte Smith. All three are facing murder charges and are in the Wake County Jail.
Huggins-Jones' 8-year-old daughter found her mother covered in blood inside their new home and sought help from construction workers building apartments in the complex.
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