LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — When the remains of Hannah Graham were discovered and later identified, University of Virginia students made the decision to create a memorial in honor of their classmate.
The university describes it as a temporary memorial dedicated to her life and her impact on the community.
A chalkboard wall is included at the memorial so students can write notes to their fellow classmate. The centerpiece of the memorial, sitting on top of a fountain, is a chair constructed of skis and donated by Graham’s teammates from the Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboarding Team.
Volunteers searched tirelessly for Graham since her disappearance on Sept. 13, but it came to a sad end when police discovered human remains on Oct. 18 in a rural area of Albemarle County. Almost a week later, it was confirmed those were Graham’s remains.
Craig Maniglia, Graham’s softball coach at West Potomac High School, described her as “witty, polite, extremely intelligent, with a very dry British sense of humor.”
The man Graham was last seen with, 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham.
The remains were discovered roughly six miles from where the body of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington was found after she vanished in 2009.