Updated – Vigil for Princeton University student Misrach Ewunetie to be held this evening (Oct. 24)

A candlelight vigil will be held for Princeton University junior Misrach Ewunetie tonight, Oct. 24, from 5 to 6 p.m. The event has been moved from front of the Princeton University Chapel on the main campus to inside the chapel. A spokesman for the university said Monday afternoon that student organizers of the vigil have decided to allow only university community members to attend the vigil.

On Thursday, Ewunetie’s body was found at about 1 p.m. by a facilities worker behind the tennis courts on the southern part of the university campus near Faculty Road. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement shortly thereafter on Thursday afternoon, saying “there were no obvious signs of injury and her death does not appear suspicious or criminal in nature.” Her cell phone and some other belongings were found with the body. An autopsy was conducted by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday. It could take several weeks until toxicology results are in.

Ewunetie went missing in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 14. Her family contacted the Princeton University Department of Public Safety on Sunday after not being able to reach her all weekend.

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  1. This seems like a nice outward gesture but how is no one outraged! Hearing how the family has been shut out and Princetons quick dismissal this is extremely disappointing. Students and faculty on campus have nothing to say and its sad that this is being brushed under the rug. It’s business as usual over here and it feels like the community doesn’t have a heart. Princeton needs to step it up because this feels like you care about the green and reputation more than your community. My condolences and I hope the family gets legal direction.

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