REDDING, Calif. -

Close to a hundred people honored the life of 51-year-old Karen Duenas outside the Shasta College Health and Sciences building Friday night.

Duenas was found murdered in her Cottonwood home last Saturday.

Karen's brother, who's a fire captain in Davis, Ca told mourners that Karen's husband, Mark couldn't attend.

Karen's friends and fellow nursing students released balloons into the sky after those remarks.

KRCR News Channel 7 caught up with one nurse who says they'll always remember Karen's smile.