Thirteen-year-old Mackenzie H. Howard loved to read and was a straight A student. She loved to play basketball, and always had a smile on her face.
“She was always laughing,” Howard’s older half-sister Miranda James-McGraw, 22, said. “She had a huge goofy personality, she could brighten anyone’s day. She would always brighten my day.”
Candlelight vigils across the state are being planned for 6 p.m. Friday evening to commemorate Howard’s life. The seventh-grader was found dead in a Kake church on Tuesday night, the victim of homicide, officials said.