Hundreds of people gathered Saturday evening to honor the memory of Lauren Teresa Giddings. The 27 year old Mercer Law graduate was a devout Catholic and member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Macon.
"These last few days have been dark days," says Chaplain Craig McMahan, Mercer University.
His words echoed off the walls and filled the hearts of the people mourning the loss of Lauren Giddings. Rhonda Roelle-Taylor, a clerk at the public defenders office, says Lauren was a remarkable young lawyer.
"There's so much about her that you really can't capture in a service."
Family, friends, and her professors gathered together in a traditional Catholic Mass. After the bread was broken, Lauren's last words were read from a journal she kept during her time as a law student. Her professor, Sarah Gerwig-Moore, shared them at the end of the mass.
"I forget sometimes at my job at it's most basic sense it's people going through horrible time in their lives. Of course they're upset."
Now, it's her loved ones who are left in tears and forced to search for a new light in their lives. Boni Bush, Lauren's landlord and friend, says the family has been on her mind since the beginning of this tragedy.
"I guess that I hoped that her family found peace, and that's what I prayed for everytime I knelt in there."
As they bowed their heads in prayer, Lauren's classmates at Mercer Law were reminded of the vivacious young graduate. A devestating loss for the justice system and for everyone who knew Lauren.
"She had so much ahead of her that it's going to be a loss for us and for anybody that she would have represented," says Taylor.
Police are still investigating the death of Lauren Giddings. They do not have a suspect in custody.