It was a cold and breezy Tuesday evening in downtown Monroe, Michigan, but that didn??t stop more than 50 people from coming out to honor the memory of Julia Niswender on the anniversary of her death.
"I can??t even explain it. Very, very emotional. But overcome with joy to see all these people that care about my sister," said Niswender's twin sister Jennifer.
It was last December when authorities found Julia Niswender dead at her apartment near the campus of Eastern Michigan University, where she was a student. Authorities later determined she had drowned, and ruled the case a homicide. But since then, no arrests have been made.
The lack of progress in the case has left Julia's family searching for answers. Her parents and sister took comfort in the support they've been receiving, including from the community of Monroe, Julia's hometown. Along with prayers, poems and hugs at Tuesday night's vigil, Julia??s family also used the solemn occasion to do some good for the community, and honor Julia??s memory.
"We asked everyone to bring a canned or boxed food to donate to a food pantry in her memory, because that??s how my sister was. She was always helping out anybody that she could and always donating to charities," according to Jennifer.
Along with honoring her memory, the candle light vigil was also a call to bring justice to anyone responsible in Julia's death.
"We won??t stop until we find justice for Julia. So, if that person is out there and that person is watching, we will find you," said Julia's mom, Kim Turnquist.
Different groups are offering up to $15,000 in rewards for any information leading to the arrest and conviction in Julia's case.Crime Stoppers is offering $5,000 of that reward. If you have a tip, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-773-2587 or online at www.1800speakup.org.