CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Loved ones said their final goodbyes to a young mother who was shot and killed last week in a north Charlotte gunfight.
The funeral service for 27-year-old Kendal Crank was held Saturday at Saint Paul Baptist Church on Allen Street.
The parking lot was packed and there was standing room only at one point inside the church as the community came to show their respects.
[RELATED: Case of mom killed in gunfight crossfire goes to NCDOJ]
Channel 9 spoke to one of Kendal's cousins, Keesha Weldon, who said she'll miss Kendal's laughter the most.
"We're going to miss her laughter, her beautiful smile," Weldon said. "She was a beautiful young lady, inside and out. Life taken at a time she was striving to be her best as a mom, as a young lady. Doing everything she could to make it in this world."
Kendal was driving to nursing school last Thursday when she was hit by a stray bullet during a wild shootout on North Tryon Street.
An emotional candlelight vigil was held Friday evening to honor Kendal at the street corner where she was shot and killed.
[RELATED: Vigil held for woman shot, killed in crossfire in north Charlotte]
The block-long march, led by Kendal's mother, was one of the largest vigils the city has ever seen.
Family members said Kendal was very loving by nature and was working for a brighter future for her two children.
"We love her. We love her. We are trying to support the family. Just do what we can. It's a very, very hard time. It's sad," Weldon said.
The family expressed they are thankful for how the community has come together to shower them with love and support through this difficult time.
The three men charged in Crank's death are Tychicus Dobie, Adonis Smith and Marquis Smith.
The North Carolina Department of Justice will be making all decisions related to the case after it was revealed a Mecklenburg County assistant district attorney's car was also hit in the crossfire.
Crank is one of the 35 lives lost to violence in Charlotte this year.
Community activists said something needs to be done.
"First of all, where are they getting these guns from? And also we have to look into what's going on at home. A lot of this starts at home," Will Adams from Team TrueBlu said.
Read more top trending stories on wsoctv.com:
- Rock Hill caregiver accused of stealing $11K from elderly woman during grocery runs
- Experienced Atrium nurses upset after entry-level pay raise
- Troopers: Mother was on drugs during NC crash that killed 7-year-old daughter
- FORECAST: Weekend kicks off with mix of clouds and sunshine
- WEEKEND IN VIEW: Where to find weekend fun in the Queen City
Cox Media Group