McKenna Elizabeth Hilton Photos: Remembering The Murdered Teen

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McKenna Elizabeth Hilton was an 18-year-old former high school cheerleader who lived in Grand Rapids township in Michigan. On August 18, Hilton's body was found in a wooded trail in Michigan. Authorities say she was murdered. Hilton was described by those who knew her as a beautiful and kind teenager who loved animals. Police did not release many details on how she died, but they were investigating the death as a homicide. News reports said that police had detained a 16-year-old boy, identified as Savon Schmus, and were considering whether to charge him with the murder. Schmus appeared in juvenile court. News reports said that he and Hilton knew each other, according to police, and may have been related. Hilton was Schmus' friend on Facebook. Hilton's obituary says she hoped to move to New Orleans to work as a medical therapist. “McKenna was a loving, caring, talented, funny young lady with her whole future in front of her! Words truly cannot express how she impacted so many lives in such a short time!! Her smile would light up a room!” said the obituary for Hilton. Hilton's school officials said she was an outstanding student and the community had organized a candlelight vigil in her honor. When Schmus appeared in juvenile court, mlive said, his family members sobbed and wept. He was brought into court in shackles, the news site said, but prosecutors said they had not yet decided whether to charge him or whether to charge him as an adult. He had no criminal record, said mlive. (Facebook/McKenna Hilton)