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As Montgomery County detectives continue to pursue leads in the case of slain American University professor Sue Ann Marcum, those who knew her -- and some who didn't -- have turned to Facebook to keep her memory alive.

A tribute page in her honor, Remember Professor Marcum, was launched Monday afternoon, two hours after police were called to her home on the 6200 block of Massachusetts Avenue in Glen Echo.

In the days since, 745 Facebook members have "liked" the tribute page and 55 messages from friends, students and AU alums -- at last count -- have been posted. The message range from traditional condolences -- "I feel life is so unfair. I will miss her a lot, hope she can rest in peace" wrote, Tinghui Chen -- to inside jokes -- "Yes...we depreciated the elephants," wrote John Fishback.

Marcum was found dead Monday morning in the lower level of her home, where detectives discovered evidence that she had struggled with an attacker.

Facebook posts help paint a picture of Marcum. She was an accounting teacher at AU's Kogod School of Business ("She does feel like a parent to me in America," wrote a student, Xin Zhang) and a Spanish tutor who regaled her accounting classes with stories of trips to Argentina. She loved high heels, gardening and her cats.

AU students and faculty have organized real-life memorials and tributes as well as virtual ones. In the Kogod School of Business lobby, there is a remembrance book where students can record their memories of Marcum. The school is also accepting cards that will be packaged and sent to Marcum's family.

"I have many, many lovely memories of all the times we spent together, including a trip to NYC when we stayed with her grandma," recalls Sharon Feldman on the Facebook page. "Sue, I owed you an e-mail, and I can't believe I won't be writing to you again."

-- Maggie Fazeli Fard

By Washington Post Editors  | October 27, 2010; 11:19 AM ET
Categories:  Homicide, Montgomery, Schools, Updates  
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Comments

This is often done when people die -- especially young people. I love the RIP pages, but it is a sad statement on how violent society is. I would love the Post to profile the FB pages of some of the other recent deaths in DC (but alas....).

Posted by: darrren12000 | October 27, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Minor correction, the memorial page was not put up until a little after 3:25pm, definitely not 2 hours after the police calls.

Posted by: AU_Student8870a | October 28, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

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