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Bloomington, Noblesville Vigils Remember Slain IU Student

Joe Hren
Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana University’s Alumni Hall overflowed with somber students Saturday afternoon for a vigil in memory of IU student Hannah Wilson.

The 22-year-old was reported missing Friday afternoon. Her body was found in neighboring Brown County late Friday night.

In Noblesville, not far from Wilson’s hometown of Fishers, dozens also gathered early Saturday evening. After a song and a prayer, friends and family, including members of Wilson’s former cheerleading squad and Wilson’s sister, Haley, released balloons.

Annie Sarno cheered with Wilson through middle and high school.

“We were just all shocked," Sarno says. "You don’t think it’s going to be someone you know. And then when it hits close to home like that, it’s just very surreal.”

Friend Abby King said she wants people to remember the joy Wilson brought to those around her.

“She had the whole world going for her, and I want everyone to know they have a special place in her heart. She would just love to see that all of us were here right now,” King says.

Police have arrested 49 year-old Bloomington resident Daniel Messell on preliminary murder charges.

The investigation is ongoing.