Nearly 1,000 gather to remember killed U of M student Anarae Schunk

Categories: Homicide Files
Nearly 1,000 people gathered at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on Sunday night to remember Anarae Schunk, the 20-year-old University of Minnesota student who was found dead last Monday.

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On stage at the center's auditorium, friends and family recalled stories about Schunk, some of which have spilled over into online memorials in the form of songs, videos, and slideshows. Sharing the stage with them was a large chess piece, a nod to Schunk's love of the game.

"She excelled at the game of life," chess coach Brian Ribnick said at the service, reports the Minnesota Daily.

Schunk's body was found September 30 in rural Rice County, after she had been missing for a week. She was last seen leaving a bar in Burnsville with ex-boyfriend Anthony Lee Nelson, who is facing second-degree murder charges for a shooting that happened the same night. He is a suspect in Schunk's death, but police have not yet filed charges.

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