NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Friends of Ashanti Billie loaded a bus from Hampton Roads to Maryland to pay their respects to the 19-year-old who was found dead after going missing last month.
Ashanti Billie disappeared on September 18. That same day, her cell phone was found in a dumpster on Tallyho Terrace. Her car, a cream colored Mini Cooper, was found five days later abandoned in Ocean View.
Ashanti's body was found behind a church in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 29. Police have not said how she ended up in Charlotte or how she died.
A charter bus, donated by Agape Travel and Tours, left Friday morning so students could attend Billie's funeral in her hometown.
“It’s going to be sad because of why we’re going, but we’re celebrating her life,” said classmate, Christina Rogers. “We’re like a family because it’s a small school, so everybody there is close.”
Some who boarded the bus were loved ones or friends of Ashanti's family. Many were still shaken up by the way Ashanti was discovered dead.
“How she was alone and um, you know, she was scared in that situation," said Nikki McGregory. "I’m glad that her mom…that her parents have closure.”
The FBI is asking for anyone who may have seen Ashanti or her Mini Cooper in Charlotte during the time she was missing to contact the FBI Norfolk Field Office. They would like to speak with anyone who may have private or commercial video surveillance or dash camera footage that may have captured the Mini Cooper between Hampton Roads and Charlotte.
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, prosecution, or conviction of the person responsible for Ashanti's death.
A funeral service is scheduled Oct. 13 at the Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Maryland.