September 15th, 2009
02:22 PM ET

Friends say Yale's Le ably balanced social life, school, love

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Slain Yale University graduate student Annie Le was intelligent, driven and destined for greatness, said those who knew her.

"She was also really tenacious and had a sense of humor that was never far away, and she was tougher than you'd think by just looking at her," Le's roommate, Natalie Powers, told a crowd of hundreds gathered on campus for the slain 24-year-old's vigil Monday.

Le's body was found inside a wall at a Yale medical school building Sunday, the day she was to be married to her college sweetheart, Jonathan Widawsky, a graduate student at New York's Columbia University. She disappeared five days before her wedding.

Le and Widawsky attended the University of Rochester together, where Le majored in cell and developmental biology with a minor in medical anthropology.

In a self-profile she wrote for the National Institutes of Health's undergraduate scholarship program, Le called her biology studies "interesting" but said she would like to pursue a research career in medical anthropology, "which has highlighted the severity of health issues in societies worldwide."

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  1. Donna S

    The murder of Ms. Le must have been premeditated. Either he had extra clothes to replace those in the ceiling or he finished his business and left the building wearing none.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  2. Seattle Sue

    As a mother with a daughter in college.........this tragic story doesn't help me sleep at night. My daughter is studying women's issues at Boston College and is currently in Amsterdam studying abroad. When will women be safe in this country?

    September 15, 2009 at 10:40 pm |