Memorial held in Boise for University of Idaho student gunned down by professor

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BOISE - It was a celebration of life for 22-year-old Katy Benoit Tuesday at Boise High School.

Loved ones described her as a woman who lived with passion, bravery and courage.

"I will say up front, Katy was special in a lot of way. She was innately kind, naturally smart, genuinely funny, and full of love and light."

Benoit's brother says the Psychology graduate student lived life to the fullest.

Whether you knew Katy or not, her story is something that impacts our community. She's one of the 18 intimate partner deaths in Idaho this year. It's a number the director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse, Kelly Miller, call alarming.

"Katy Benoit and her family unfortunately are not alone. One in ten teens in Idaho schools report that they have been hit slapped or hurt by a dating partner."

Miller said she thinks this story can open the eyes of many.

"It can be a very dangerous situation and something we have resources and we have criminal justice systems that can really help people."

It was obvious while Katy is gone, she'll never be forgotten.

"On Katy's last night on this planet alive she got a chance to speak to her parents for over an hour. At the end of the conversation they all said they loved each other back and forth unbeknown anything was going to happen. Katy died moments later, literally moments later," speaker at the memorial Russ Cooke said Tuesday.