Friends, family, and the Akron community will be gathering Sunday night to remember murder victim Hannah Hill with a candle light vigil.
Christine Ransweiler, Hannah's best friend and organizer of the event says there's still a lot of emotion still surrounding her death from those that knew and loved her.
"It was devastating for all of us when she passed away and it was a horrific incident that is still going on," she says.
The candle light vigil is set for 7pm in front of the Akron Police Station near Summit County Courthouse.
Ransweiler says there also hasn't been any closure surrounding Denny Ross, the man accused of Hill's death.
"I think we're all hoping for the best in the long run," she says.
"It's amazing the things that have transpired during the case, and we're just finally hoping for justice."
In May of 1999, Hill was murdered at the age of 18. The first Ross trial ended in a mistrial over allegations of juror misconduct just after verdict forms were being filled out, but before they were read aloud in court.
Attorneys for Ross successfully argued in January that DNA testing of nearly two dozen samples should be conducted. He and his attorneys are saying that the possible presence of DNA from other men will prove to jurors that he's not guilty of Hill's murder.
Ransweiler knew Hill since middle school and were friends up until her death. She says this vigil will give people a chance to keep her memory alive.
"Not a day that goes by that none of us don't think of her."
Bracelets in Hill's memory will be on sale and family and friends will be wearing T-shirts with her picture. Speakers will include Ransweiler and others close to Hannah.
The event is free and open to the public.
A candlelight vigil to remember those who have lost their lives to HIV/Aids and to offer hope to those living with the disease will take place tonight...
Chris Partis of Summit County Public Health says they hope to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS.
"We are seeing people living longer and productive lives, but again the key is early diagnosis and being tested if there is any potential that you may have been affected," says Partis.
Partis says that over 1100 residents have been diagnosed with HIV infection since the disease was first detected thirty years ago in 1981.
The park is named after a local artist who died from AIDS in the 1980's.
"In the short time that he had left he really devoted himself to awareness trying to make people aware that this was a killer disease that was out there," says Partis.
The vigil will start at 7 p.m. at Gordon Young Park in downtown Akron on the corner of South main and Cedar streets.
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