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Agnes Scott To Honor Slain Alumna With Softball Tournament

Lauren Giddings was killed last June in Macon.

plans to hold a softball tournament in March to honor Lauren Giddings, a 2006 graduate and college softball player who was brutally murdered in Macon last June.

Giddings, 27, of Laurel, Md., had graduated from Mercer Law School. She was last heard from June 25, and five days later her body was found in a garbage bin near her apartment, said CBS News.

A month later, a neighbor and law school classmate, 25-year-old Stephen Mark McDaniel, was charged with murder in her death. A hacksaw linked McDaniel to the slaying, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Prosecutors recently said they plan to seek the death penalty.

According to an Agnes Scott press release,

“At Agnes Scott, Lauren shined,” said former teammate Courtney Sotherland. “As a player and teammate, Lauren brought life to every minute. As a friend, Lauren challenged us all to look inside ourselves and around in order to fully embrace life.

"Lauren's love for life was felt every minute you spent with her - from completing her signature ballerina twirl off of first base after every out to her eagerness and confidence to studying abroad in Bulgaria and joining their National Softball Team. Lauren's gift was for bestowing love, awareness and light unto all she encountered.”

The tournament will be held March 3-4 at Oakhurst Field in Decatur. Teams competing in the tournament include Sewanee, Spelman, Wesleyan and Brenau. The tournament is free and open to the public. 

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