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Friends hope to keep Zuzu's spirit alive, remember her on 1-year death anniversary

(Source: Andrea Bode) (Source: Andrea Bode)

Although Thursday is the 1 year anniversary of Zuzu Verk's death, hearts are still heavy and friends of Zuzu are still missing her. 

Sul Ross State University student and Zuzu's friend, Andrea Bode, said the campus and community are still recovering.

"Zuzu was the first friend I made in at Sul Ross," said Bode. "She sat next to me in state government and we were just friends immediately."

Zuzu took Bode hiking the first weekend they met, they became better friends as the semester progressed and always stayed in touch. When Bode heard about Zuzu going missing she thought she would see her friend soon.

"I thought she just went camping, like she just went to Big Bend or something and didn't tell anyone," said Bode. "But then the days kind of dragged on and it was like okay you can come back now and she just didn't."

Bode graduates in the spring, healing is something both her and the community are doing.

"As a school and a town, we've been kinda so saturated with it that, like, it doesn't feel like any time has passed at all, which is so weird to think about," said Bode. "Crazy to think that she's already, she's been gone this long. It's so crazy to know that she's not around."

Bode wants to keep Zuzu's memory and spirit shining bright and hopes the "Zuzu effect" continues to touch many.

"Be the kind of person she thinks you are because she always saw the best in people," said Bode.

Both suspects in Zuzu's case have court appearances scheduled for Friday.

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