Friends and family mourn the loss of Alisha Martin Boyter during her funeral Wednesday. (Matt Walsh Photos | Index-Journal)
Friends and family mourn the loss of Alisha Martin Boyter during her funeral Wednesday. (Matt Walsh Photos | Index-Journal)
Hundreds came Wednesday afternoon to pay their final respects to a Greenwood woman who was tragically killed in a car crash during the weekend.
Alisha Martin Boyter was expecting to give birth to a son named Hayes Elliot in December. She and her unborn child died in a brutal two-car wreck along S.C. Highway 225 late Friday night. A host of loved ones were on hand at Wednesday's procession to mourn their heartbreaking loss.
"She was a young lady who loved life, who loved her family, who loved friends, who loved people," said Greenwood reverend Jason Wilson, who presided over the funeral. "God you have shared with us the life of Alisha. ... We now offer Alisha and Hayes back into Your arms. Holy Spirit comfort us in our loneliness, strengthen us in our weakness, and give us the courage to face the future unafraid."
A packed house of family and friends gathered inside Harley Funeral Home along south Main Street to celebrate the life of Boyter and the promise of her unborn son. Officials estimated as many as 500 people were on hand for the ceremony. Several city and county officials were among the hundreds who attended the wake.
Boyter was a college student at Piedmont Tech, and worked as a teacher at Mud Pies Creative Learning Preschool in Uptown Greenwood. She was being driven home by a friend Friday night when the 2006 Chevrolet SUV in which she was a passenger was severely battered during a collision along Highway 225 at the intersection of West Alexander Road. Her friend was one of four victims rushed to Self Regional Medical Center in the aftermath of the crash. A 17-year-old Greenwood teen who was driving the second vehicle involved in the wreck faces two counts of felony DUI, fatality results, in connection with the wreck.
At Wednesday's ceremony, loved ones remembered Boyter, who was affectionately known as "Bug," as an energetic, spunky, family-oriented and lively young woman with a lovable spirit and an infectious smile. A squadron of Greenwood police officers and Greenwood County deputies lined up in solidarity outside the funeral home, standing in formation as Boyter's family exited the chapel. Afterward, officers led the family to Oakbrook Memorial Park in Hodges, where Boyter was laid to rest.