Julia Niswender Death: Two vigils planned for slain Eastern Michigan University student

Julia Niswender is seen in this undated photo.
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Julia Niswender
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(CBS/AP) YPSILANTI, Mich. - Two candlelight vigils are scheduled for Friday for an Eastern Michigan University student who police say may have died of apparent homicide, CBS Detroit reports.

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Ypsilanti police said there are signs of "possible foul play," but still no cause of death yet for 23-year-old Julia Niswender. Her body was found Tuesday evening in the bedroom of her off-campus apartment.

Investigators said there were signs of physical trauma and they are waiting toxicology results. An autopsy was performed, but police said the cause of death is pending until more tests are finished. The case is being treated as a homicide.

"It's very frustrating at times ... we just want answers," said Jabob McLaughlin, a family spokesman and a long-time friend of Niswender. "She was fun-loving, just a great personality, bubbly, lit up a room every time she walked into one of them."

A vigil is set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at the EMU campus. Another vigil will also be held that evening at Munson Park in her native Monroe.

Visitation is at the funeral home on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. A service is 11 a.m. Monday at Redeemer Fellowship Church.

Ypsilanti police are asking anyone with information about this case to contact Det/Sgt T.C. Eberts at 734-482-9878 or Crime Stopper at 1-800- SPEAKUP.

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