FORT WASHINGTON, Md. - Loved ones are gathering to say their final goodbyes to Ashanti Billie on Friday as the FBI continues to investigate her death.
Her visitation service will start at 10:00 a.m. at Ebenezer AME Church and a home going service will follow.
Ashanti is originally from Maryland, where her parents, both veterans, still live, but was living in Hampton Roads to attend culinary school.
WTKR reports Agape Travel and Tours, based in Chesapeake, has donated a bus to bring people from Hampton Roads to Maryland for the funeral.
While Ashanti was missing, countless people across the community came together to search for her and to pray for her and her safe return.
She went missing back on September 18th and was last seen leaving Joint Expeditionary Base – Little Creek in Norfolk, where she worked.
Ashanti never showed up for work again and did not attend her scheduled college classes in Virginia Beach.
Her white 2014 Mini Cooper with the Maryland tag of 2CX-0575 was found in Ocean View, in Norfolk, on September 23rd, according to the FBI.
On September 29th, Ashanti's family was called to Charlotte, North Carolina after a woman's body was discovered behind East Stonewall AME Zion Church.
Shortly after, the FBI confirmed that the woman they found was Ashanti.
Now the FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest, prosecution, or conviction of the person or persons responsible for Ashanti's abduction and death.
The FBI released a short list of potential travel routes between Hampton Roads and Charlotte where she and/or her car may have been seen:
- The travel corridor from Route 17 to I-64 through Rocky Mount and Raleigh to Charlotte
- The travel corridor from Route 58 to I-85 through Durham and Greensboro to Charlotte, and
- The travel corridor from Route 58 to I-95 through Raleigh to I-85 to Charlotte.
They are also seeking any private or commercial video surveillance recordings or digital dash-cam videos that may have captured Ashanti's mini cooper traveling between Hampton Roads and Charlotte during the time frame of Monday, September 18th, and Saturday, September 23rd.
This case is being investigated jointly with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Virginia Beach Police Department, Norfolk Police Department, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.