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Michigan families call for information in deaths, disappearance of 3 women at memorial

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MONROE, Michigan — Family and friends of a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student who was killed in 2012 have honored her with a memorial service and called for people to come forward with information about the case.

A crowd filled a Monroe church Wednesday to mark the two-year anniversary of Julia Niswender's death, and to support two other Michigan families who are seeking answers about their daughters, the Monroe News (http://bit.ly/1uoqFlU ) reported. Attendees remembered Chelsea Small, a Rockwood woman who was shot and killed in November 2013, and Chelsea Bruck of Maybee, who has been missing since October.

"This night is about Julia and finding justice for Julia, but all of these cases have a common denominator. Someone knows something," Kimberly Turnquist, mother of Julia Niswender, said to the crowd at the memorial service. "If we can bring closure to any of these cases, then we've done good here tonight."

Turnquist and Leannda Bruck, mother of Chelsea Bruck, have known each other for more than a decade because their other daughters, Jennifer Niswender and Kassie Bruck, are best friends. Turnquist met Debi Kamin, mother of Chelsea Small, by chance a few months ago.

PHOTO: Kimberly Turnquist speaks about her daughter Julia Niswender, who was two murdered two years ago,  to family and  friends at Redeemer Fellowship Church in Monroe, Mich, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The event was to remember three women Julia Niswender, Chelsea Small, who were murdered,  and still missing Chelsea Bruck. (AP Photo/The Monroe News, Tom Hawley)
Kimberly Turnquist speaks about her daughter Julia Niswender, who was two murdered two years ago, to family and friends at Redeemer Fellowship Church in Monroe, Mich, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The event was to remember three women Julia Niswender, Chelsea Small, who were murdered, and still missing Chelsea Bruck. (AP Photo/The Monroe News, Tom Hawley)

Since then, the parents of the three women have formed a strong bond and plan to work together going forward, Kamin said.

"There isn't anyone else who can relate to the loss that I've gone through," she said. "People come into your lives for a reason, even if it's at the darkest time."

But Leannda Bruck pointed out that her situation is different than the other families' because the she still doesn't know what happened to her daughter.

"My Chelsea will come home — I know that in my heart," she said. "(Each family) only needs one person to come forward: One person knows what happened to Julia, one person knows what happened to Chelsea (Small) and one person knows who has my Chelsea."


Information from: Monroe News, http://www.monroenews.com

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PHOTO: Kimberly Turnquist speaks about her daughter Julia Niswender, who was two murdered two years ago,  to family and  friends at Redeemer Fellowship Church in Monroe, Mich, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The event was to remember three women Julia Niswender, Chelsea Small, who were murdered,  and still missing Chelsea Bruck. (AP Photo/The Monroe News, Tom Hawley)
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