Vigil held for murdered UNC-Charlotte professor

- Students and faculty at UNC Charlotte held a vigil Wednesday night to remember Dr. Jeannine Skinner.

At the age of 35, she was working as an Assistant Professor of Gerontology/Psychology at the university.

Her life was cut short when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said Skinner was murdered at the hands of her boyfriend during a domestic dispute.

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During the candlelight memorial service her friend and colleague, Anita Blanchard, spoke about Skinner’s personality.

“Her smile was full of sunshine and acted like a magnet,” Blanchard said. “She was strong, smart and sassy.”

Blanchard talked about Skinner’s contributions in the classroom and in research. Skinner was most recently studying ways to improve access to exercise for low-income/minority senior citizens, believing it helped their overall mental and physical well-being. 

“I want you to know that because we didn’t just lose a good friend. We loss a promising scholar who was focusing her research on people who don’t get helped,” Blanchard said.

Roughly 60 people attended the memorial.

Skinner will be laid to rest on Saturday in Florida. 

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