Jenni-Lyn Watson remembered at funeral

By the Associated Press

MATTYDALE, N.Y. (AP) - A 20-year-old college student killed during Thanksgiving break was remembered Wednesday for her vibrant personality during a 90-minute funeral service in a packed church north of Syracuse.

Jenni-Lyn Watson was mourned by hundreds of people, including
two busloads of students from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., where Watson studied dance. Some had to watch the service from a gym adjacent to the sanctuary.

Monsignor David Rubino, a Mercyhurst official, said losing Watson was like losing a family member for the tight-knit campus community.

Watson's body was found Saturday morning in woods near her home in the Syracuse suburb of Clay. Hours later, police charged 21-year-old Steven Pieper, of Liverpool, with murder.

Authorities say the two, who graduated in the same class at Liverpool High School, had dated and that Watson had tried to break up with him in October.

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