DILLWYN — The older sisters of Alexis Artice Rose took pride in the girl known by family and friends as a precocious teen with a constant smile.
"We would get in a little fuss, but she would say 'We're all sisters, we can't be doing that,'" said Kim Booker outside a motel near the Dillwyn parking lot where her sister Rose, 18, was fatally stabbed late Tuesday.
Authorities charged Rose's boyfriend Christopher Jerel Moseley, 20, of Dillwyn with first-degree murder in the killing. State police arrested him at about 3 a.m. Wednesday after spotting him driving a stolen 2013 Ford F-150 on Interstate 64 in New Kent County, authorities said. He also was charged with felony grand larceny and was being held without bond in Henrico County Jail East.
A representative of Parrish Ford in Goochland County said the truck Moseley was driving was stolen overnight from the dealership.
A passerby discovered Rose across the parking lot from her car at the Farmer's Foods grocery store, the Buckingham County Sheriff's Office said.
She was stabbed multiple times at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday and died in surgery at an area hospital shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday, deputies said.
The youngest of four sisters, Rose of Dillwyn worked at the Fluvanna County Correctional Center, Kim Booker said.
Booker said she and her sisters were all but grown when Rose was born.
"We used to love her to death, we used to spoil her," Booker said.
Booker said Rose recently tried to end her relationship with Moseley.
Rose was a 2012 graduate of Buckingham County High School, where she served as a "mother hen" for friends, said Principal Roger Coleman.
"She was a special young lady, she really was," Coleman said. "She would always stand up straight when she talked to you. Some kids come in here and they talk to you like kids, but she spoke like an adult."
Guidance counselor Sue Miles said Rose had been determined to graduate on time, and had left a particular impression on her cosmetology teacher.
"She would not give up, she would not give up. I remember she was so determined to graduate," Miles said. "She was a lovely, mature young lady. Everyone here is in shock."
Schoolmate David Johnson visited the parking lot where Rose died Wednesday afternoon.
"She was the nicest girl I knew," he said.