Friends remember Cherokee woman killed in boat explosion

- Dozens gathered Sunday night to remember a Cherokee County woman who was killed last week in the Bahamas.

Maleka Jackson was on a tour boat with her husband celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary when the boat's engine exploded.

Jackson was the only one killed. Nine others, including her husband, were injured.

Friends and loved ones said Maleka touched everyone she met, so they came together to share stories and memories of a woman they lost too soon.

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"What is being exhibited is no exaggeration, no fairy tale, it's exactly who she was," said Jada Wright Nichols, Maleka's sorority sister. 

Friends said Maleka's husband Tiran has had his foot amputated and is suffering from severe burns. He is improving but remains in a Florida hospital.

"He's doing good. He's improving every day," Nichols said.

Although her life was cut short, loved ones say Jackson's legacy will live on.

"Not many people can say they've touch so many lives," friend Kalvin Davis said. "I think she would be happy. She's smiling."

In a message read by a friend, Tiran Jackson thanked everyone for all of their love and asked for continued prayers for him and his son in the days ahead.

A GoFundMe for the Jackson family has been set up here.

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