By Nha Nguyen
EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of University of Oregon students gathered on campus Sunday night to honor a young woman whose life was cut short.
Lillian Pagenstecher, 21, died Friday night from bacterial meningitis.
It was apparent at Sunday night’s turnout that Pagenstecher touched many lives.
The ceremony was filled with people sharing their stories and remembering and honoring their friend.
Many sat comforting one another as they waited for the vigil to start.
People came in droves, covering the lawn by the time the first speakers took the podium.
A slideshow played in the background as candles were lit. Songs were sung. And many memories of the young woman taken too soon were shared.
Those who knew her recounted her zest for life till the very end.
Her parents expressed gratitude for all the support.
Together they remembered how the UO junior lived her life and how she’d want those close to her to continue living theirs.
As the ceremony came to a close, friends gathered to light and release a lantern into the night sky in her memory.
The Chi Omega house has a sign up now that their house is closed while they deal with the loss.
Funeral arrangements are pending.