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NIU To Hold Memorial For Slain Student, Toni Keller

CHICAGO (CBS) — Northern Illinois University will hold a vigil tonight, one year after the body of a missing student was found in a DeKalb park.

Antinette “Toni” Keller disappeared Oct. 14, 2010, after she went for a walk in Prairie Park, just south of the DeKalb campus.

Volunteers search for Keller, from Plainfield. A few days later, police found Keller’s badly burned remains.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore Reports

To the sounds of Pink Floyd and the Beatles, well-wishers plan to set flowery lanterns out onto the East Lagoon on campus.

It’s a sad time for family, friends, and those who never met the 18-year-old freshman. They’ve been posting on the Facebook site, Missing Antinette Keller.

Creator Angela Montgomery says one of them is Toni’s mom, Diane.

“This isn’t something where one year has healed,” Montgomery said. “As the kids were going back to school, Diane posted: ‘Toni, I miss going shopping, I miss getting ready for college.’ ”

More than 15,000 people have clicked that they “like” the site.

William Curl, 34, has been charged with Toni Keller’s murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

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