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Family members of slain Mercer law grad Lauren Giddings say they want to celebrate her life on what would've been her 28th birthday Wednesday.

Kathy Mann, Giddings' cousin, says, "I know a lot of people just drive by here and they know this is where Lauren Giddings lived, and I wanted them to see a little bit about who she was."

Mann stopped by the Georgia Avenue apartments Tuesday to hang a wreath and a sign in Lauren's honor.

She says Lauren's family plans to celebrate her birthday in Maryland with pink champagne and chili dogs since Lauren and her dad both loved Nu-Way hot dogs.

"It makes me cry, truthfully, and it gives me a lot of honor to be able to be here for her mom and dad, and aunts and uncles and sisters."

Giddings former neighbor, Stephen McDaniel, is charged with her murder and is awaiting trial.

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