2 vigils held for Eastern Michigan U. student

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Hundreds of people have attended two candlelight vigils for an Eastern Michigan University student whose death is being investigated for possible foul play.

The Monroe Evening News and WWJ-AM report that about 200 people gathered in 23-year-old Julia Niswender's hometown of Monroe Friday evening. AnnArbor.com and WXYZ-TV report a similar number attended a student-organized vigil on Eastern Michigan's campus in Ypsilanti.

Friends and family members recalled her infectious smile and positive, persistent attitude.

Niswender's body was found Tuesday in her off-campus apartment bedroom. An autopsy was performed, but police say the cause of death is pending until more tests are finished.

Investigators were treating the case as a homicide.

A memorial service is 11 a.m. Monday at Redeemer Fellowship Church in Monroe.


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