Community remembers high school senior killed in north Charlotte park

by: Jason Stoogenke Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police are looking for the person who killed a teenager in a county park.

Hawa Gabbidon, 17, was fatally shot Tuesday morning in a secluded area in Thereasea Clark Elder Park in the Derita community of north Charlotte. 

The teen had been in trouble before and was arrested a few months ago for disorderly conduct. She was also a rising senior at Turning Point Academy, a school for students with discipline problems. 

But the Facebook page dedicated to Gabbidon's memory are full of posts that tell a different story.  The word "beautiful" appears more than once.

"Yu weren't perfect, but Yu ain't deserve to die," one friend even wrote.   

Lisa Cornell echoed that sentiment. 

"That's just ridiculous, people just killing young kids for no reason. I mean, it's crazy," she said.

Some Facebook friends mentioned when or where they first met Gabbidon.

One said Gabbidon leaves behind a son, something officials have not yet confirmed.

A former teacher of Gabbidon's seemed to speak for the rest when she wrote her "memory will live on."