Julia Niswender

Community
8:59 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Vigil Marks Anniversary of Julia Niswender's Death

Julia Niswender's twin sister, Jennifer (l), and mother, Kim Turnquist, speak to reporters at Monday night's vigil.
Credit Bob Eccles

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About 50 people took part in a candle light vigil last night to remember Julia Niswender, an EMU student who was found dead in her off-campus apartment one year ago. 

Niswender's death was ruled a homicide, but the circumstances surrounding her death remain unknown. Julia's mother, Kim Turnquist, urges anyone with information to come forward.

Vigil participants walked to the northern edge of the EMU campus and lined the street across from the Peninsular Point apartments where Julia lived. There they lit candles. 

Anyone with information in the case can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP.  A $15-thousand reward is offered.

Crime
9:16 am
Thu November 14, 2013

New Tips Sought In Year-old Murder of EMU Student

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - New tips are being sought in the case of a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student whose December bathtub drowning was ruled a homicide.

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Ypsilanti
11:56 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

EMU March For Peace, Vigil for Demarius Reed

Candlelight Vigil for EMU football player Demarius Reed.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Eastern Michigan University students and others remembered 20 year old student athlete Demarius Reed with a march, rally, and candlelight vigil.  Among those participating were Reed's mother and the family of Julia Niswender who was killed less than a year ago. 
 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the student led "Increase the Peace" march and rally and candlelight vigil for Demarius Reed.

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Community
5:27 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Students, Others March at EMU to 'Increase the Peace'

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About 250 people are taking part in a "Increase the Peace" march across the Eastern Michigan University campus this afternoon. 

Among those in attendance - the mother of 20 year-old EMU student athlete Demarius Reed and several other family members.  Reed was found dead in his apartment complex suffering from several gunshot wounds, the victim of what investigators say may have been a robbery. 

Also marching today are family members of Julia Niswender, an EMU student who was found dead in her off-campus apartment almost one year ago. 

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Crime
8:43 am
Wed January 30, 2013

EMU Student Death Ruled a Homicide

EMU students, faculty and staff join friends and family of Julia Niswender to remember her at a candlelight vigil back in December at the EMU Lakehouse.
Credit Bob Eccles

The death of Eastern Michigan University student Julia Niswender has been ruled a homocide, but investigators are still not saying what caused her death.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Developing
2:51 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Niswender Death Ruled a Homicide, No Suspects Identified

The death of Eastern Michigan University student Julia Niswender has been ruled a homicide.  That's according to final autopsy results from the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner's office, which says toxicology results did not yield any conclusive information.  Niswender was found dead in her off-campus apartment December 11th.  A suspect has not been identified, but a press release indicates that Ypsilanti Police, State Police and Federal agencies "continue to utilize all available tools and investigate all possible sources of information" regarding the case.  Anyone with information that c

Developing
5:16 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Ypsilanti Police Update Julia Niswender Death Investigation

Investigators say they're still waiting for toxicology results, forensic laboratory analysis and a final autopsy report as they continue their investigation into the death of Eastern Michigan University junior Julia Niswender.  Niswender was found dead in her off-campus apartment about a month ago.  Her death is being investigated as a homicide.  Police say they continue to "investigate and interview a number of subjects", and are working closely with Niswender's family.  Anyone with information that could be useful to investigators is urged to call Detective Sgt.

Developing
4:16 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Medical Examiner Getting Help In Niswender Death Probe

The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner's office is bringing in some additional experts to help them with the process of determining Julia Niswender's cause of death.  That's the word from Ypsilanti police, who also say they're following up on leads they've received, but can't offer any additional details.  Niswender's death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

News
6:01 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Funeral and Burial held for Julia Niswender

The investigation into how 23 yerar-old Julia Niswender died continues, as the Eastern Michigan University student is laid to rest.  A funeral service was held today for Niswender, who was found dead in her off-campus apartment last Tuesday night.  Ypsilanti police spent the weekend talking to people in the area surrounding the Peninsular Place apartments, trying to find out if anyone saw or heard anything that might be helpful to the investigation.  Niswender's death is being investigated as a possible homicide, although the cause of her death has not yet been determined.

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Developing
11:09 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Candlelight Vigil For Julia Niswender

EMU students, faculty and staff join friends and family of Julia Niswender to remember her at a candlelight vigil Friday night at the EMU Lakehouse.
Credit Bob Eccles

About 200 people attended a candlelight vigil Friday night at the Lakehouse at Eastern Michigan University for Julia Niswender, the EMU junior found dead in her off-campus apartment Tuesday night.  Friends and family took turns speaking about the 23 year-old and what they'll miss most about her. 

Ypsilanti police are investigating Niswender's death as a "possible homicide".  Preliminary autopsy results were inconclusive and more tests will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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Developing
5:17 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Candelight Vigil Planned For Julia Niswender

EMU Students and friends of Julia Niswender will hold a candle-light vigil in her memory Friday night.  The vigil will take place at the Lakehouse, near the Student Center on the EMU campus.  It's scheduled to start at eight-thirty Friday night, and participants are asked to bring their own candles.  A fund has also been established to help Niswender's family with expenses.  Donations to the Julia Niswender Fund will be accepted Friday night.

Developing
4:22 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Julia Niswender's Preliminary Autopsy Results In

Preliminary autopsy results for 23 year-old Julia Niswender are back, but they don't shed much light on how the Eastern Michigan University junior died.  Ypsilanti police say the cause of death is listed as "pending".  Toxicology results will take another two or three weeks.  Investigators say there were no outward signs of trauma to Niswender's body, but there were indications of "possible foul play".  Niswender's body was discovered Tuesday night in her off-campus apartment in the 1000 block of Huron River Drive.  Her death is being treated as a possible homicide.