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Co-workers react to violent death of Weaverville teen

Co-workers of the 18-year-old Weaverville woman found dead near a dumpster over the weekend shared their memories of her on Monday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Co-workers of the 18-year-old Weaverville woman found dead near a dumpster over the weekend shared their memories of her on Monday.

A few of Kayla Hensley's co-workers spoke with News 13 about the hardworking, kind, and smiley young woman they lost.

"I had just worked with her," Megan LeCompte, a co-worker of Hensley’s, said.

LeCompte saw Hensley in the last hours of her life; both employees at a clothing store at Asheville Mall.

"It was just really busy at work, but she was in good spirits. She was really happy, like nothing was wrong. She was always happy,” LeCompte said.

Misty Gossmann also worked at the store with Hensley.

"When I taught her how to do the fitting rooms,” Gossmann said. “She picked up on it real easy."

Hensley's co-workers said, combined, they worked with her for about five months.

"She's just the sweetest girl you could ever meet,” LeCompte said.

Tragedy struck on Saturday for the women.

"I was watching the news and I was like it can't be, you know, it wasn't possible and then I went to Facebook and there it was,” Gossmann said.

Buncombe County sheriff's deputies said they found Hensley's body slashed with a knife and left near a dumpster in a mobile home park on Brinwood Drive in Weaverville after getting a call about a suspicious person.

Hensley's brother was charged with first-degree murder.

"She never mentioned her brother. I didn't even know she had a brother," LeCompte said.

Hensley’s co-workers had a message for her family.

"We're sorry for your loss,” Gossmann said.

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