Imette St. Guillen's High School Years:
Imette St. Guillen grew up in the Longwood Medical Area in Boston, Mass. and attended Boston Latin School, the oldest high school in the United States. There she was a member of the National Honor Society and enjoyed extracurricular activities including being a member on the swim team, singing in the Gospel choir, on the yearbook staff, student council, ski club and a member of the indoor track team.
"To Be My Own Person":
In the Boston Latin Yearbook in 1999, St. Guillen wrote, "I want to have the strength and courage of my mother, the intelligence of my sister, and the heart of my father," she wrote. ''But to be my own person."
Pursuing Her Criminal Justice Education:
After graduating from Boston Latin in 1999, she attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated magna cum laude
and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice in 2003. Wanting to pursue a master's degree in forensic psychology, she enrolled at John Jay College
of Criminal Justice in New York City. In the fall of 2005, she changed her focus to criminal justice and was scheduled to take a final exam in May 2006.
A Night Out With Friends:
On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, St. Guillen went out drinking with friends, later separating from them, and venturing out on her own to the trendy SoHo area. At 3:40 a.m., she called a friend and told them she was at a bar, The Falls in SoHo. When she failed to come home the next day, friends called the police and alerted St. Guillen's sister and mother.
Raped and Murdered:
Imette St. Guillen's nude body was found later that Saturday night, dumped in a desolate Brooklyn neighborhood off the Belt Parkway. She had been raped, sodomized and brutally murdered by suffocation.
A Radiant, Intellegent Friend:
Imette St. Guillen was murdered two days before her 25th birthday. Friends, teachers and family described her as a caring, bright, radiant woman who brought happiness to those whose lives she touched.