NORFOLK -- The Ingleside Elementary School community came together Thursday night to honor the life of a loyal volunteer.

The body of Rosa Powell, 43, was found last Saturday in Norfolk, just two miles from Ingleside Elementary where students, faculty and friends gathered to remember her with a candlelight vigil.

'She's been here for many generations,' said Monica Hilderbrand, a teacher at Ingleside. 'Her children go here, who grandchildren go here. This was her favorite place to be.'

Hilderbrand and three of her students planted a tree outside of the school, where Powell spent years volunteering at book fairs and serving as a crossing guard for years.

'I can remember just dropping my son off and every morning, my son would run to her and give her a hug and then she walked him to the school,' said Tamika Smallwood, a family friend of Powell.

Smallwood helped organize Thursday's ceremony for Powell, who she considered as a motherly figure.

Smallwood's also the cousin to Cortez Scott, 43, who Norfolk police have arrested and charged with murdering Powell.

'I don't really know what to think right now,' said Smallwood. 'It breaks my heart, but as far as whether he's the one who did it, I can't speak on that. I really don't know what to say about that.'

Powell's alleged murder remains under investigation.

Her family has planned a funeral for her later this week.

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