ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Sharon Wellington’s “church family” are praying for justice and mercy for the person who killed her. Wellington, 32, was found dead in her Athens apartment Friday evening by friends and neighbors who became worried they had not seen nor heard from her in a couple of days. When they went to check, they found her dead in the East Elm Street apartment where she lived alone.
Her close friend, Genary Hicks, fought back tears and told WHNT News 19, “I know that she would want us to remember that God is still in control, and to try to find the strength to pray for whoever did what they did.”
Hicks described Ms. Wellington as a good person, silly at times, generous, and a talented writer. “If you met her, you’d be amazed at some of the things that she would write,” Hicks said.
Through her friends, we learned Wellington moved to Alabama approximately three years ago. She hails from South Carolina, they said. She was active in her church and regarded her church friends as family, and their children as her own.
“A very wise person, even in the midst of her childishness sometimes, she was very wise. She loved God and she loved going to church, she loved reading Godly things,” Hicks said.
Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson tells WHNT News 19 that very few details of her death will be revealed to the public for now in an effort to protect the ongoing investigation. Chief Johnson says Wellington’s body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences lab in Huntsville for an autopsy. He declined to speculate on the cause of death, how long Ms. Wellington had been dead when she was discovered, or a motive for the killing.
“We are asking for anyone who might have any information on the case to please contact Athens Police,” Chief Johnson said. He says even the smallest piece of evidence can help them piece together what happened and who is responsible.
“God will give justice but I pray that he also gives mercy because it takes wicked hearts to do certain things,” Hicks said, surrounded by a number of other members of Wellington’s church family.
“I’m going to remember all the goofy stuff Sharon did, all the wise things she said, and we’re going to be fine because she’s okay. I don’t have a doubt in my mind that she’s okay. I’m not worried about her destiny.”