Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Despite rainy weather, friends and family of missing Columbia teen Gabbiee Swainson gathered in northeast Richland County Sunday night.
Swainson's been missing since August 18th, and there's a more than $8,000 reward for information in the case. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has said repeatedly she was kidnapped by 52-year-old Freddie Grant of Elgin. Grant is in custody on a federal weapons charge, but has given no information on Swainson's whereabouts.
Sunday, people gathered at the Village at Sandhill for what was called "A Night of Hope." Friends and family say despite the time that's passed, they still believe they'll bring Gabbiee home soon.
"I really felt led to say into the crowd that even though we don't know where she is, we know the person responsible," said Chris Kell, who's Gabbiee's guitar teacher. "We believe that if God is for us, then who can be against us. There's nothing that can stand between us and Gabbiee. It's all on his timing."
At the event, Gabbiee's love for music rang loud.
"Even though she [Gabbiee's mom] may not understand why she's going through this right now, and even though we don't know where Gabbiee is, we were trying to inspire her...you know we're with her. We love her."
Kelly taught Gabbiee guitar for three years.
"She's just like my little sister," he explained. "Every time you see her playing the guitar, that's my guitar. So every time I see her come on the news it speaks to my heart."
Her many friends and family say they know she's still out there,
and they're never giving up.
"We believe that no weapons formed against us shall prosper. nothing is going to hold us and stop us from finding Gabbiee. We will find Gabbiee."
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to Crimestoppers of the Midlands. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.