Mercer University officials on Friday released statements mourning Lauren Giddings, the recent law school graduate.
On Friday, Macon police said they believe Giddings was a homicide victim. On Thursday, investigators found a body next to her apartment building; on Friday, police say they believe it was Giddings'
Giddings graduated from the law school in May, and a statement by law school dean said she excelled in and out the classroom for three years. She came to the law school from Agnes Scott College, where she was a scholar-athlete. At Mercer Law, she was president of the Federalist Society and member of the Association of Women Law Students.
"She demonstrated outstanding character and great promise," the dean wrote.
Mercer President Bill Underwood wrote, "Today the Mercer University community joins the family and friends of Lauren Giddings in our support of the determined efforts of law enforcement authorities to investigate the disappearance and apparent death of Lauren, a recent graduate of our law school. I ask that Mercerians everywhere keep Lauren's family and friends in their thoughts and prayers during this very difficult period in their lives."