Vigil Held for Nursing Student Michelle Le

Appeared in: KRON4

By: Brian Shields

OAKLAND (KRON) -- Family, friends and even strangers came together Tuesday to remember slain nursing student Michelle Le, exactly four months after she disappeared.

A vigil for the woman, whose remains were found earlier this month in a remote part of Alameda County, began at 6:00 p.m. at Samuel Merritt University.

Le had about six months to go before earning a nursing certificate from Merritt.  She was attending a class at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward in late May when she was last seen alive.

Family members insist Tuesday's event was not a memorial but instead a public vigil.  They are planning a private memorial at a later day.

Giselle Esteban remains in jail without bond charged with murder.  Prosecutors say Esteban confronted her former high school friend at the Hayward hospital and took Le to a rural area where she was killed.  Esteban has not yet entered a plea in the case.

Le's remains were found during a volunteer search in September.  The mother of another murder victim from San Diego found the remains.

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