Dozens of people gathered at Husson University to remember a special student whose life they say was taken way too soon.
21-year-old Brooke Locke was found strangled to death last week in her apartment in Bangor.
Police say she shared the apartment with her boyfriend 21-year-old Zackery Mailloux. He’s charged with her murder.
Caitlin Burchill takes us to a candlelight vigil for Brooke on campus.
Students and community members came together to remember the energetic, 21-year-old from Auburn.
“It’s evident by the number of you gathered here at the moment that she touched the lives of many people,” said Pastor Greg Music.
Brooke Locke’s sorority sisters shared stories of their beloved friend who was a third year occupational therapy student at the university.
“Brooke and I actually pledged the sorority together and we were also roommates that year…she was just absolutely beautiful inside and out. Had the most radiant smile you could ever imagine. Eyes that would light up the whole room. Brooke was just an amazing person,” said Hannah Backus, Vice President of Epsilon Tau Epsilon.
“This is the first incident of this type in the history of Husson University. It is something that has deeply effected everyone here on campus,” said Eric Gordon, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Husson University.
Brooke’s father was not surprised by the large turn out at the candlelight vigil. He knew how many lives she touched.
“I knew that I had a special child. I always did. It’s just a shame. We’d like to be able to bring her back, but we can’t. Unfortunately, there are people in society that just ruin beautiful things,” said her father William Locke.
“Obviously it will never be the same without her. Well never be able to fill that spot. Our goal is just to keep her spirit alive. She would want us to not think about this terrible situation, she would just want us to remember what a beautiful person she was,” said Backus.