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Vigil held to remember murdered teen Theresa Burns


Theresa Burns was murdered 26 years ago, on January 11th, 1988.

Saturday evening, her classmates with Mishawaka High School class of 1990, held a candlelight vigil at Fairview Cemetery in her memory.

The Mishawaka High School student was shot in the head multiple times in her home on Dittman street.

Loved ones met at Burn's grave on the anniversary of her death to let the community know she hasn't been forgotten, even though many years have passed.

"Because we all loved Theresa and we wanted the family to know that we loved her and we've never forgotten her," says Theresa's high school friend, Marguerite Raymond.

Forty-three-year-old Phillip Geans is accused in Burns's murder.

He was arrested and charged with her death just last month.

Friends of Theresa's visit her grave regularly, but say now that there's a suspect in custody, this visit is different.

"To be able to come her and to honor her on this day, after justice being served, is just a completely different visit than any other," says Theresa's high school friend, Stefanie Scott.

Geans hearing is next Thursday, the 16th.

After the vigil, friends of Theresa went to the Queen of Peace School to share more memories.

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