SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - The life of Lauren Bump was celebrated at a memorial service on Sunday in Searcy. The 24-year-old graduate student was killed over winter break in San Antonio, Texas.
"She doesn't want us to be sad; we're going to be sad," said friend and classmate Mary Capstick.
Fellow classmates remembered Bump as full of life, with much to give.
"She loved people more than she loved herself," said classmate Brooke Holmes.
Bump's friend Rachel Fritsche put together a slideshow, reliving her best moments. She called it a "therapeutic experience."
"Even if it was just her, she had so much fun just with herself, which is very rare in a person," Fritsche said. "You know how you meet someone, and you automatically know that you're very similar? Like a kindred spirit!"
One of the highlights of the slideshow was Bump's mission trip to Guatemala.
"She stood out like a sore thumb, you know blonde hair, blue eyed and pink clothes, but they loved her," said Dr. Michael Murphy, Program Director of Harding University's Physician's Assistant program. "She was always smiling; she was always happy; she was always cheerful and very attentive."
Fellow students called Bump a lover of her patients, her classmates, and God. They have a special way they plan to honor Bump's memory in the classroom.
"Not let anyone sit in her seat where she sat all year!" Holmes said.
At the end of the ceremony was a candlelight vigil, to remember Bump as the light she was for so many.
"It was really neat doing the candlelight vigil because I felt like... I felt like she was in the room," Capstick said. "She is where she wants to be, and she is happy, so you don't have to feel bad for Lauren."