What Happened to Peyton

Peyton lost her life when a violent offender sexually assaulted her and brutally killed her. She was in Denver ready to enter graduate school and was helping the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Peyton’s Story


Peyton Tuthill devoted her life to helping others. As a student at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, she was active in charitable organizations including The American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Volunteers of America, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, My Sister’s House, and she provided music therapy at a nursing home.

Her sorority, Chi Omega, organized the ‘adoption’ of a family of five children. Although it was supposed to be a one-time event, Peyton could not abandon them and on her own continued to mentor and provide necessities and gifts for 3 more years before graduating and moving from Charleston, South Carolina.

“She lived life to the fullest. She didn’t just talk about doing things; she did them. The greatest testament of a person’s life is made not only while they are living, but also in the legacy they leave behind. Peyton certainly left a powerful one for us to emulate.”

— Minister Joe Lay, Navarre United Methodist Church