Lorenzo Hemphill was 5 feet tall - maybe. He weighed less than 100 pounds.
But after Lorenzo was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver, those who knew and loved Lorenzo say his passing leaves a huge void.
A funeral today, a reminder of dashed dreams of fame in the disc jockey booth. And hard work in a school cafeteria to try and get to the top.
Police say Dianne Alice Webster, 45, of 1712 Hunters Trail, Rock Hill, was driving on Adnah Church Road around 9:30 p.m. last Saturday when her truck hit Lorenzo, 23, and his older brother, Antwan, 39.
The brothers were walking at the time, police said. Antwan was hurt but has since been released from the hospital, family said.
"I lost one brother and could have lost another," said Erica Peoples, who raised her younger brother along with her own children after their mother died when Lorenzo was 14. "He had so many friends who loved him - even teachers who remembered him as far back as kindergarten are upset.
"He was so small - but his heart was so big."
Webster is charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in death, hit-and-run resulting in death, hit-and-run with injury, and driving with a suspended license, second offense.
She has a DUI arrest, along with charges of driving with an open container and driving under suspension, from an October 2009 incident, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. It is unclear what the disposition was in the 2009 incident.
SLED records also show Webster was charged with driving under suspension in September 2009 and convicted of driving under suspension in 2001. She also was convicted of DUI and driving under suspension in 1996, and sentenced to house arrest, a fine, and probation, according to police records.
Webster remained in the York County jail late Friday under a $36,275 bond.
The Jan. 15 incident remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol's incident reconstruction team, Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said.
"We are all still in shock," said Shanekia Robinson, another of Hemphill's sisters.
"He was such a caring, giving person."
For years starting in high school at Northwestern, Hemphill saw his future in the DJ booth. In that booth it did not matter how tall you were, or small you were.
All that mattered was if you had the chops to spin records and make a crowd have fun.
Erica bought Lorenzo his first turntable when he was 14, and he never stopped spinning records and dreaming of being on the radio.
He did what he could to get started in the business - hosting parties at places such as Kate's Skating Rink, and learning from DJs already on the radio.
Lorenzo had only recently returned from studying the radio business in Hampton, Va., where his father lives.
"The DJ dream, becoming known and respected for it, for being good at it," said Shanekia, "That was his passion."
To make enough money to try to realize his dreams after graduating from Northwestern in 2006, Lorenzo worked in the cafeteria at Winthrop University. He did all he was asked and more, with a smile.
Always, the dream of the DJ booth brought him to work, hustling.
Hoping for greatness.
He served food, cleaned and played parties as "DJ Y."
He performed at benefits at the skating rink for kids.
At Winthrop, Lorenzo met a girl, too.
Deidre Wilmore, who now works for the York County Department of Social Services, worked alongside Lorenzo in the cafeteria.
Like so many romances, the couple started as friends.
Then this romance ended on a cold Saturday night, when Deidre called Lorenzo's cell phone and couldn't reach him. She called again and knew something was wrong.
Still, she said, "I felt him hugging me, somehow."
Deidre was later told, but already knew in her heart, that Lorenzo was gone.
"He was such a hard worker, everybody loved him," Deidre said. "He really wanted to be a DJ.
"He worked so hard at it, and now all that is gone."