(Greenville County)- The family of Emily Yelton, the Clemson student who perished in the Ocean Isle Beach house fire, is speaking out for the first time Tuesday afternoon.
Emily's twin sister Meredith, says she received a phone call around 8 a.m. Sunday morning from one of her friends who told her she should call and check on her sister because she had heard there was a fire on the island. Meredith said that her "twin instinct" kicked in when Emily, nor her sister's boyfriend, Travis Cale, answered their cell phones. She knew then something was wrong.
"My best friend is gone. The only person I want to talk to is her."
Meredith met both Travis and Justin Anderson in high school at J.L. Mann Academy. She says she didn't lose just her sister, she's lost her family. "Travis and Justin were part of the family."
Emily's mom Kim, describes her daughter as fun, larger than life, and someone who filled up the room and always had people laughing. She also described Emily's love for children. "She was in the process of changing her major [from pre-business] to early education," Kim says.
Her family says that when she was little, Emily would pretend to teach classes with her friends who would be her students.
Clemson University is holding a prayer vigil at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Fraternity and Sorority Quad on campus.