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November 18 Candlelight Vigil To Honor Penn State Student’s Death

Community members will host a candlelight vigil this week to honor the life of a Penn State student who died last week.

The event will remember the life of third-semester student Justine Gross, who State College police found dead Friday morning after she was previously reported missing. Police say preliminary information available to investigators suggests the 19-year-old’s death was accidental in nature.

The vigil will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, at Beaver Terrace — Gross’s former apartment building located at 456 E. Beaver Avenue. She was last seen at Beaver Terrace on Wednesday, November 10, before being reported missing the next day.

State College police did not provide any additional information at a briefing Friday afternoon. The department is still working with the Centre County Coroner’s Office to investigate the circumstances surrounding Gross’s death.

“We are heartbroken for the family and friends of Justine Gross and offer our condolences to all who knew and loved her,” said Penn State spokesperson Lisa Powers said on November 12.

Penn State’s Office of Student Affairs staff are offering assistance to Gross’s family and acquaintances who are mourning her loss.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact State College police by calling the department at (814) 234-7150, sending an email, or submitting an anonymous tip online.

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