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Memorial Held For Murdered Tullahoma Nursing Student

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TULLAHOMA, Tenn. - Friends and family gathered to say their goodbyes to a woman whose burned body was found in Franklin County.

A celebration of life was held Saturday evening for 24-year old Erika Sharpton.

Sharpton's partially burned body was found early Monday morning on the side of the road by a motorist in Franklin County. Her death has been ruled a homicide and detectives said preliminary reports indicated that Sharpton died of blunt force trauma.

In an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 5, Sharpton's mother Kelly shared memories of her sweet and perky daughter.

"She was just honest, she was brutally honest," said her mother, Kelly Sharpton, of her second oldest daughter. "She was trusting, brutally trusting,"

Kelly Sharpton said that her daughter's eagerness to trust likely contributed to her murder last weekend.

"She trusted people at face value. She believed that there is no bad, people make bad decisions, but ultimately there is truth in everybody,"

On Saturday at the celebration of Erika Megan Sharpton, known to her friends and family as Megan, local residents came to say their goodbyes. Sharpton was a nursing student in Tullahoma and also worked part-time at a local restaurant. She leaves behind her parents, older sister and twin younger brothers.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Erika was last seen Sunday, July 1. Police have asked that anyone who saw her that day contact investigators.

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have been called in to help with the investigation.

Anyone with information has been asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 931-967-2331 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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