Friends, family and total strangers gather to remember Savannah Spurlock

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Savannah Spurlock’s visitation was open to the public and dozens, if not hundreds, of people showed up to pay their respects.

The 23-year-old mother of four went missing on January 4, 2019. After months of searching, her remains were discovered on a Garrard County property Wednesday.

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Her family announced on the Missing Savannah Facebook page that visitation will take place Tuesday, July 16 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home on Barnes Mill Road in Richmond.

The family said funeral and burial services will be private.

Jamicia Scott said she knew Savannah for about seven years.

“She impacted a lot of people. She knew a lot of people and a lot of people knew her,” she said.

Scott said it was Spurlock’s joyful spirit she’ll always remember.

“She was the life of the party,” Scott said. “She was always smiling, always cheerful, always happy.”

Scott said she’s praying for Spurlock’s kids.

“I pray for her babies, most of all, that they grow up to have a good life and everyone remembers her family and that they teach her babies how she was,” Scott said.

Multiple first responders who have helped with various steps of Spurlock’s case came to show their support.

Assistant Chief of Richmond Police Department Rodney Richardson said it’s the least he could do.

“I mean you got a 23-year-old with four kids, this is tough for anybody,” he said. “I can’t imagine what the family is going through.”

Tori Robinson and Crystal Stone said they didn’t know each other and they didn’t know Savannah before she disappeared, but that didn’t stop them from spending every chance they had to help look for her.

“We’ve become best friends, Savannah brought a lot of people together,” Robinson said.

Spurlock’s family also announced on the Missing Savannah Facebook page they are selling the #SavannahStrong t-shirts once again, with the proceeds going to Savannah’s children.

Her family planned to take down the Facebook page but now says it will stay up for the next two weeks for the fundraiser and so they will have time to read all the comments left by people.

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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or Mharkins@wtvq.com