Arrest made in McMurry University grad's murder case

ABILENE, Texas - Christian Bautista, 29, was arrested Saturday in connection to the murder of McMurry University graduate Lauren Bump, 24. She was found stabbed to death in a public park in San Antonio - where she was visiting family - New Year's Eve.

According to police, Bautista was contacted following a 911 call about a suspicious person at the same park on Friday. He was taken into custody and questioned. After a warrant was issued, he was charged with first degree murder in connection to Bump's death.

In Abilene, McMurry Dean of Students Vanessa Bryan set up a Saturday morning silent mile run/walk to honor Bump's life. There was a large turnout.

Bryan said the silence was necessary "so that we would be able to kind of have a prayerful time, whether that was like 10 minutes or 20 minutes just to kind of walk or run and reflect on Lauren's impact on our life."

Lauren's classmates and friends ran in silence with no headphones and no talking to remember and honor her life.

The idea for the event started in San Antonio where people met to walk and run a mile at the park where her body was found.

But the word quickly spread, and people all over the world participated. People in Georgia, Oklahoma and all over Texas remained silent.

"It's amazing that there's so many people coming together in support of her and whether it's by running or whether it's by giving financially, I mean there's so many people that have shown their love and support for the Bump family," Lauren's friend, Megan Pena, said.

Her friends weren't the only ones who came to support and pray for Lauren's family. Faculty from McMurry will remember her contagious smile and outgoing personality.

"Such a giving, serving person and she just brightened a room whenever she walked in she was just beautiful on the outside but even more beautiful on the inside," James Greer, director of counseling and career services, said.

"Lauren was one of the most amazing people I've ever known; I mean she was just so happy and so bubbly, so genuine," Pena said. "You just walked in a room and came out happier because of her."

Everyone cherished different things about Lauren, but there was one thing everyone agreed on: She won't be forgotten any time soon.

"We don't want her death to be in vain, every day that we live we need to be living for a purpose, and she was," Greer said.

In memory of Lauren, and in support for her family, "Live like Lauren" shirts will be sold. More information can be found on the Facebook page.

If you'd like to attend Lauren's funeral, it will be on January 9th at 1 p.m. at the Community Bible Church at 1604 and Gold Canyon in San Antonio, TX.

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