Vigil for Slain Brooklyn Woman Planned Outside Marquee Nightclub

Vigil for Slain Brooklyn Woman Planned for Monday Afternoon

By Jeremy Boxerbaum
|  Monday, May 3, 2010  |  Updated 4:07 PM EDT
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Vigil for Slain Brooklyn Woman Planned Outside Marquee Nightclub

Laura Garza went missing after leaving a Manhattan nightclub in 2008. Her remains were found 18 months later in Penn.

Friends of a former Pace University student whose remains were found this month in rural Pennsylvania plan to gather outside a Chelsea nightclub this afternoon for a memorial vigil.

That club is Marquee -- where aspiring dancer Laura Garza was seen after leaving with a convicted sex offender in December 2008.

     Investigators say Garza was last seen alive a short time later, at the McDonald's at Newburgh Mall, with 24-year-old Michael Mele -- the man with whom she left the club.
   
Last month, her skeletal
remains were discovered near Scranton, PA.
    
No one has been charged with her murder.
   
 But Mele has been mentioned as a prime suspect and he is
currently in a New York prison for an unrelated crime.
   
Law enforcement officials say he has not cooperated with investigators. A
search of his apartment and car in December 2008 apparently failed to turn up enough evidence to charge him.
 
Garza had moved to Brooklyn from McAllen, Texas, just a few months before she vanished.
   
She was only 25 years old.
   
Her family is now awaiting the return of her body for burial in her home state.
 quot;We finally know where she is," older brother Nicolas Garza told NBC affiliate KVEO.

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