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NCCU Student Laid to Rest in Charlotte

Posted January 11, 2007 8:24 a.m. EST
Updated January 11, 2007 10:26 p.m. EST

— As family and friends gathered in Charlotte Thursday to remember North Carolina Central University graduate student Denita Smith, the woman charged in her murder remained in jail without bond.

A bus brought students and faculty from N.C. Central to Charlotte to say goodbye to Smith, who was shot and killed in the stairwell outside her Durham apartment eight days ago.

The 25-year-old woman worked for the student newspaper and was engaged to be married to Jermeir Stroud, a Greensboro police officer.

On Tuesday, Durham police arrested Crawley, 27, a 911 operator for the Greensboro-Guilford County metro dispatching center and a single mother of two. She lived less than a mile from Stroud's residence. Police won't say what, if any, relationship Crawley had with Stroud.

Durham police officials said they would release more details in connection with the slaying once Smith's funeral was over.