High school student Charney Watt was allegedly gunned down by an ex-boyfriend.
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Dating violence doesn't just happen in Hollywood. It can take place in any neighborhood—including yours.

Friends say high school senior and cheerleader Charney Watt was one-of-a-kind. "She was very intelligent. She made good grades. She had a spunky attitude and was very energetic," says Charli, a friend. "She was also a leader in her community, and being a cheerleader, you have to influence other people. She influenced people at school and also in her neighborhood. You know, if she [had] seen you looking sad, she would come ask you what's wrong and make sure you're okay."

On March 1, 2009, police say the 18-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, was gunned down by her ex-boyfriend.

Charney's ex-boyfriend Gary Daniel has been charged with her murder and has not yet entered a plea.

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