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El Dorado High dedicates bench to slain student

PLACENTIA – Lynsie Ekelund's name now has a permanent place at her alma mater – El Dorado High School.

About 50 students gathered around a bench bearing "In Memory of Lynsie Ekelund" on Wednesday to listen to Nancy Ekelund talk about her daughter's struggle for a normal life and the lessons from her death.

"To know her name is permanently on campus, she'd be very proud," Nancy Ekelund said.

Lynsie Ekelund, a 20-year-old Fullerton College student, went missing after a night of dancing with friends in San Diego in 2001. Her case went cold for more than 10 years before Christopher Michael McAmis confessed to killing her and burying her body in Santa Clarita. McAmis is now serving a life sentence with the possibility for parole.

Nancy Ekelund's hope is that her daughter's story will serve as a lesson to the El Dorado students who walk past her bench: Be careful when going on dates, and know something about the person they are with.

El Dorado Principal Carey Johnson first contacted Ekelund about dedicating a bench on campus to her daughter in January. After moving to a new position in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, he passed the installation off to Eron Campuzano, dean of activities, and the Associated Student Body. Campuzano said the bench and plaques cost about $400.

"When you sit on this bench, just remember my daughter and that she was a student like you," Ekelund told the students.

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