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NCCU Memorial Service Set for Murder Victim

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Denita Monique Smith
DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina Central University will hold a memorial service Tuesday for a graduate student who was slain earlier this month.

Denita Monique Smith will be remembered at the 10:50 a.m. service at the B.N. Duke Auditorium

Smith, 25, was found Jan. 4 shot and lying in a stairwell at the apartment complex where she lived, near the NCCU campus.

Durham police arrested Shannon Elizabeth Crawley, 27, of Greensboro, on Jan. 9 and charged her with murder. Investigators have not disclosed a motive.

Smith was a graduate student who was a photographer and writer for the school paper. She had received her bachelor’s degree last year and was engaged to be married to a Greensboro police officer.