Lauren Giddings' funeral held Saturday

An impromptu memorial is seen outside the apartment of slain law school graduate Lauren Giddings in Macon, Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - A funeral has been held in Maryland for Lauren Giddings, the recent Mercer University law school graduate whose body was found outside her apartment building in Macon, Ga.

The Washington Post reports
that family members gathered Saturday evening with friends and loved ones to remember the 27-year-old Giddings.

The funeral was held at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church in Giddings' hometown of Laurel, Md.

Former Mercer classmate Stephen Mark McDaniel has been charged with murder in connection with the death.

An attorney for McDaniel, who was Giddings' next-door neighbor, has said that McDaniel is innocent and will fight the charges.

Giddings was last seen after a night out with friends June 25. Five days later, police discovered her remains wrapped in plastic in a garbage bin beside her apartment building.

A Facebook page called "Justice for Lauren Giddings" asks that donations be sent to St. Mary of the Mills church. Proceeds are said to benefit the Special Olympics.