SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Aaron Abraham would have been a senior at Sumter High School. His teachers say he had a bright future ahead.
For Millicent Jackson, Charity Sanders and Nancy Hart, Abraham was special. Like a son. Like family.
"It hurts," said school Counselor Miliicent Jackson. "He was young. He had a future and someone took it away."
Abraham was a bright student, especially in algebra and art.
"It came to him naturally," said Charity Sanders. "It was easy for him."
"He would often help the other students who weren't quite as gifted as he was," said geography teacher Nancy Hart.
But it was his gentle, quiet nature they miss deeply.
"He would come into guidance with a smile," said Jackson. "And I'm like, 'Okay, Aaron what do you want?' He'd ask for a pass to library or ask a question. He was always alone, but very sweet."
Aaron was alone, leaving Sumter County Library downtown in July. It was the last time he was seen alive.
Last month, his remains were found on Cane Savannah Highway. Sumter Police don't know the motive but they believe his murder was not random.
"We do believe the person that killed Aaron knew Aaron," said Chief Russell Roark.
Chief Roark said his office is partnering with Camden Police and Clarendon Sheriff's Deputies to find Abraham's killer. They're looking at common cases in those districts that may help them with leads.
They are also asking for your help to bring closure his family and his teachers.
"We don't need to know what happened," said Sanders. "We need to know whoever is responsible for this is held accountable for it."