Community gathers to remember Edinburg high school student
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Posted: 02/09/2012
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A few dozen students, faculty and staff from The University of Texas-Pan American, as well as members of the community, held a candlelight vigil Wednesday, Feb. 8 to remember Brenda Dominguez, the 18-year-old Edinburg North High School student who was found dead on campus earlier this week.

The vigil, held at the Student Union, was organized by a UTPA student and included speeches from students and UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen.

"We lost somebody, somebody who liked to come to our campus, somebody who wanted to be here on our campus," Nelsen said. "At these times we don't ask why. At these times we remember what love is, we remember that Brenda was one of us. I say over and over to all of you somos familia. ... Our hearts have to be open for every Brenda in the world, for every child in the world, for every student."

Dominguez was found dead near the external staircase of the Science Building Monday morning, Feb. 6. Preliminary autopsy reports later indicated the manner of death was suicide.

A moment of silence also was held in Dominguez's honor at the beginning of the men's basketball game against California State University-Bakersfield.

More photos of the candlelight vigil can be seen here.