Nearly 200 people attended a service Sunday morning to honor the seven college students killed in a beach house fire in Ocean Isle Beach one week ago.
A leader of the service told the congregation that he hoped the ceremony would help family and friends overcome the tragedy.
The early morning fire on Oct. 28 at a waterfront beach house killed six students from the University of South Carolina and one from Clemson University.
The Rev. Jerry Hannah said he hoped the tragedy would lead people to what he called "an awakening of how brief life is for all us" and inspire them to prepare for the afterlife and move with great purpose to their dreams.
On Friday, authorities said a discarded cigarette or other smoking materials may have caused the fire, though a preliminary investigation failed to identify the specific origin.