TUCSON — Dozens of Genevieve Comeau’s friends and family remembered the 25-year-old PH. D. candidate on Thursday at the University of Arizona.
Police say Comeau was killed by her boyfriend, Ethan Lindauer, in an apparent murder-suicide on Mar. 5 at a residence in the 1000 block of E. Hedrick Dr.
“She thrived, she relished, she cherished when she was able to bring people together,” said Chris Marin, a close friend of Comeau.
“You could cut it in the atmosphere with a knife just how motivating and how much she drove people to pursue the lives she knew that they could have, to find the next milestone or goalpost,” he said.
The people gathered on the grass in the courtyard of the Forbes Building at the U of A Thursday night shared memories, tears, and thoughts about Comeau’s impact on the community.
“We have a close-knit community in the Entomology department and she was a huge staple in that,” fellow student Maureen Brophy said. “Going forward I’m going to use her as a great example of what kind of scientist I want to be. We’re going to help the public learn about the importance of science.”
The graduate college at the University of Arizona awarded Comeau her PH.D. posthumously.
“She was extraordinary and it’s really not even possible to speak on any level to the value and contributions she brought to the world,” Marin said.