Family and friends of Lauren Giddings packed into the pews of St. Joseph Catholic Church Saturday evening for a Requiem Mass.
A picture of the Mercer law school graduate was surrounded by flowers in front of the church where more than 500 mourners gathered to remember the 27-year-old.
The choir led the congregation in singing "We walk by faith" as the priest processed up the aisle amid puffs of incense.
Newly ordained parochial vicar, Father Dawid Kwiatkowski, who is the same age as Giddings, said even strangers are mourning her death.
“We have all stopped for a while, pictures in our mind go slowly. It’s hard to breathe. It’s hard to sleep,” Kwiatkowski said. “The loss of Lauren has broken our hearts. It seemed like her life was unfolding in a perfect way.”
Only a portion of the Mercer law school graduate's body was found nine days ago about two blocks from the church outside her Georgia Avenue apartment.
Police are asking the public to be conscious of anything unusual and report any evidence that could be linked to her slaying.