LITTLE RIVER, S.C. (WPDE) - Friday evening about two dozen family and friends of Amber Berbiglia held a candlelight vigil. They comforted one another and tried to make sense of their sudden loss.
Amber's loved ones gathered off Old Sanders Road in the northern part of Horry County under the Robert Edge Parkway overpass. Her body was found there a week ago.
"She was a butterfly. She was sweet, a little angel. I know everybody says 'oh yes their child was that' but Amber was," said Jackie Open, Amber's Aunt.
"Amber was a vivacious, vibrant personality. She was sunshine. She was like a firefly. She lit up the room wherever she was. She was bouncy and bubbly," added Suzanne Henclewski, Amber's Aunt.
Henclewski said her 23-year-old niece was studying fashion design at Horry Georgetown Technical College. She's described as always helping others and staying in constant contact with her family. Her friends made a YouTube video dedication to her memory.
Amber was also engaged. Henclewski said Amber met her fiance about two and a half years ago while on an oversees trip to London.
"She was going to be getting married in a month or so and now she's not gonna have that. I talked to the bridal store and I had to cancel her bridal dress. My daughter is getting married in two weeks and she's not gonna be there," said Open with tears in her eyes.
Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick said she died from blunt force trauma. Police have not released any suspect information.
The family is in desperate need of answers.
"Whoever did this they need to come forward. If there's anybody out there that has any idea of who did this please call the police," added Open.
"We need help to find out who did this to her. It's so senseless, it's so violent," added Henclewski.
If you have any information about the case you're asked to call Horry County dispatch at (843) 248-1520 and ask to speak to a violent crimes detective.