(WBNG) — Thousands of parents are getting ready to watch their son or daughter graduate from Binghamton University this weekend. That was supposed to be the case for the family of 22-year-old Haley Anderson, a Binghamton University nursing student who was found murdered at an off-campus home on March 9.
"She would be rejoicing in the fact that the next step would’ve been going to continue on to become a nurse and help people which was really her passion," said Daniel Greenberg, a good friend of Anderson’s who would’ve graduated with her.
"[She] was a ray of sunshine on an otherwise dark day," said Greenberg.
School officials said together with Anderson’s family the Haley Anderson Memorial Fund was created days after her murder.
"The fund was established to assist students in the Decker School of Nursing," said Binghamton University Associate Vice President for Advancement, Rebecca Benner. "Gifts made in memory, we share that with family members so they can do thank yous to the people who are supportive."
You can access the Haley Anderson Memorial Fund here.
"While she may not be here physically she will be living through the memories that we have of her as well as the experiences that we can continue to go through with her in mind," said Greenberg.
Anderson’s accused killer, Orlando Tercero who was also a Binghamton University nursing student, remains in custody in Nicaragua. Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell told 12 News on Wednesday that his staff is continuing to work with the Department of Justice to extradite Tercero back to Binghamton soon to stand trial. Cornwell says while it has taken longer than expected, he’s confident that Tercero will be back.