SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The University of Utah campus community gathered for a vigil in memory of slain student Mackenzie Lueck.

Lueck’s friends, Alpha Chi Omega sorority sisters, and other fellow students gathered Monday evening to honor the too-short life of the 23-year-old senior from El Segundo, California.

Related: University of Utah students react to Mackenzie Lueck’s death

Lueck was on pace to graduate with a degree in kinesiology next spring, but tragically Salt Lake City police found her charred remains in the backyard of a Fairpark neighborhood home last week.

The owner of that house Ayoola Ajayi, 31, is in jail awaiting formal charges.

“It breaks my heart to know she died alone, in such a scary place,” said one friend at Monday’s vigil.

“This feels like a nightmare that I can’t wake up from. But, unfortunately — it’s a reality,” said another friend.


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