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Julia Niswender is remembered at EMU

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It's been almost a year to the day, that Julia Niswender, 23, was found dead in her apartment.

Monday night, her family and closest friends held a candle light vigil to remember her and keep her story in the forefront.

Police have not made an arrest in the case.

"Someone knows something and we want to let that person know we are not going to give up," Kim Turnquist, Julia's mother said.  "We will find you."

Detectives say Julia was drowned.  There is now a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

"They're trying," Jim Turnquist, Julia's father said of Ypsilanti police efforts.  "We just need that on thing, that one piece of the puzzle to complete this."

Julia was studying broadcasting at Eastern Michigan University.

This month she would have graduated.  One of many "would haves" her family has had to go through in the last year.

"We were so close and I just feel like part of me was just ripped away," Jennifer Niswender, Julia's twin sister, told 13abc.

Though the grief is sometimes unbearable, Julia's family finds a way to keep pushing forward.

"We don't know why we continue to function everyday," her mother said.  "But it's Julia.  She knows that if anyone is going to fight for her, it's going to be us."

There will be another candle light vigil for Julia, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. 

It will be held at Loranger Square in Monroe.

 

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