BURNSIDE — Hundreds turned out Thursday night for the funeral of Porshe Foster, a 15-year-old who was a star in the classroom, on the volleyball court and at her church.
At a standing-room only service at St. Mark Church of God In Christ, at 9201 S. Avalon Ave., church member and the night’s mistress of ceremony Dorothy Calhoun reminded everyone attending about how Foster had touched the lives of everyone in the church.
“This is a celebration of life today,” said Calhoun after leading a joyous opening song. “If Porshe were here today, she would say ‘Aw, all these people came for me?’ Yes they did.”
Foster was fatally shot Nov. 26 when she was standing in a backyard with friends in the 6900 block of South Campbell Avenue. One of those friends, 18-year-old Randy Washington, said that he may have been the intended target in the shooting.
On Tuesday, Foster’s classmates at the ACE Tech Charter High School held an art show to raise money for her funeral.
Friends, families and teachers spoke throughout Thursday’s service about how Foster was a model child in the community. Church members recalled Porshe’s participation in St. Mark’s youth group and purity department, where she promised to abstain from premarital sex.
Teachers from Sherwood Elementary School, which Foster attended before entering high school, also reminesced about Porshe, who excelled both academically and athletically.
Family and friends at the service, many wearing shirts printed with Foster’s face in her memory, remembered Foster fondly.
“I had great joy watching her grow up,” said Foster’s neighbor, Charmaine Radcliff, 36. “She had a beautiful personality.”
“We were getting close, but we now will never be able to complete our friendship,” said ACE classmate and volleyball teammate Fashonti Hampton, 15. “It hurts. Why did this have to happen to her?”
No one was arrested in the shooting as of the time of the funeral Thursday.