Memorial, vigil planned in Monroe teen's memory

Memorial, vigil planned in Monroe teen's memory

Memorial, vigil planned in Monroe teen's memory

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM

MONROE, N.C. -- Classmates of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes plan to gather in Monroe tonight to honor her memory.

Students at Union Academy have planned a memorial, which is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Lee Park Baptist Church.

The students say the memorial will celebrate Barnes' life and her impact on fellow students.

The memorial comes exactly four months to the day after Barnes disappeared in Baltimore, Md. Barnes' body was found last week in a river about an hour's drive northeast of the apartment where she was last seen.

Barnes was a student at Union Academy. Her classmates have gathered on the 28th of every month since December, but this time the gathering will have a different tone.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, a candlelight vigil is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Reisterstown Square Apartments, the place where Barnes was last seen alive.

Authorities have not yet determined how Barnes died. Police have not found any links between Barnes and a Virginia man whose body was found in the river three miles away on the same day.

Barnes' family asks the community to bring purple and white candles to light in Phylicia's honor.

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