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Remembering Julia Niswender 1 year after her death

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There isn't a minute that goes by that Julia Niswender's family doesn't think about her.

Even one year after her death, the feelings of loss and heartbreak are fresh.

"Tonight, is another opportunity to grieve," Jim Turnquist, Julia's father said.

Julia's death was unexpected.  She was found drowned in her off campus apartment in Ypsilanti.

It's a moment her family relives everyday.

"I was in a vehicle, on my way up to Ypsi to find out something I never wanted to hear," Kim Turnquist, Julia's mother said.

To help them get through an unbelievably difficult day, Julia's friends and family shared memories and tears at a candlelight vigil in Monroe, Michigan.

Her parents say it was the perfect way to honor her because she would do the same thing if someone she knew lost a loved one.

"She was here, I felt her," her mother told 13abc.  "She was here with us and she was smiling."

Thought, it was comforting to be with others who love Julia on the one year anniversary of her death, life without her is still painfully difficult.

But there is some hope.  Hope for answers and hope for justice.

Julia's family also collected canned goods, Tuesday night.  All of it will be donated to the Monroe County Opportunity Program in her memory.

If you have any information about her death call Ypsilanti police.

There is a $15,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

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