Thursday morning friends of Tynesha Stewart gathered at Rudder Fountain on the Texas A&M campus to pay tribute their friend and fellow Aggie. A table was set up, with pictures and cards, for students to come and remember the freshman.
"We are an aggie family and somebody has selfishly taken away one of our family members," said Eric Watson, a Texas A&M recruiter. "This is the way we are wanting to show our support for our lost family member."
Cards were available for students to sign, along with a wish bowl to leave messages for her parents. Students also wore white ribbons in memory of Stewart, who many just spoke with before Spring Break.
Friends said her relationship with her ex-boyfriend was a constant battle, and that they were witness to the volatile situation.
"She tried to end it but he kept calling her, and calling her, and calling her," said Stewart's dorm suitemate, Megan Wallace.
"Whenever I first found out she had gone missing, before they even said he was a suspect, he was the first person I thought of," said Lindsay Steichen, Stewart's roommate.
Counselors were on hand to help students with the grieving process.
"A wide range of emotions can be experienced whether that's sadness, anger, confusion, especially in this case a lot of anger and being ok and validating that," said Tom Golightly, an intern with the Student Counseling Service on campus.
Though Stewart was on campus only a short time, those who knew the freshman said she made a huge impact on so many lives.
"She was a lot of fun to be around, and was loved by everyone she came in contact with," said Steichen.
"Her smile and her laugh, and she would always sing in the shower, it was so cute," said Wallace.
Friends say the dorm Stewart once lit up is now a much quieter place.
"It's just empty now, and it's really hard," said Wallace.
The following is a statement from Texas A&M's interim president, Eddie Davis, following the death of Stewart:
"The entire Texas A&M family—our students, former students, faculty and staff—is deeply saddened by the death of Tynesha Stewart, an outstanding and engaged student from Harris County. She was extremely well thought of by her fellow students and highly regarded by her professors. Everyone who knew Tynesha is obviously distraught by this unthinkable tragedy. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family and friends."
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