TUCSON, Ariz — Thursday night, people came together to honor the life of 25-year-old Genevieve Comeau, a young woman who died in a homicide earlier this month.
Tucson Police say Ethan Lindauer shot and killed his girlfriend Comeau, then turned the gun on himself.
At the U of A vigil, a tight-knit community of friends, family, fellow students remembered Genevieve as one of their own.
"She was a ball of energy, always full of life and a supporter of everyone she met," said classmate Maureen Brophy.
Her friends called her "Gen" and said she had an adventurous soul. They also said she was someone who loved to travel.
"She was really ambitious and wanted to change the world in a tangible concrete way," said friend Savannah Chavez.
Genevieve was a Ph.D. candidate at the U of A and nearly completed her work there. While studying, she was working hard to extend the worlds understanding of mosquitoes and their interaction with the Zika virus.
"iIn order to be a good scientist you need to have a lot of passion and that passion is Genevieve's middle name," said Brophy. She adds, "She was not only a wonderful scientist and a very critical thinker and brilliant she was excited to share what she knew and in a way made you feel as smart as she was."
Her family says the world has lost an excited and determined young scientist.
During this time of grief the university continues to offer counseling for students and family.
You can either call (520) 621-3334 for services or visit Health.Arizona.Edu