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SAN DIEGO — Dozens of people gathered downtown Sunday evening to remember Shauna Haynes, the 21 year-old woman whose body was found four days earlier, stuffed in a suitcase next to garbage cans behind a building.

Those who knew Haynes fought back tears as they described her.

“She was just the sweetest girl ever — so loving. She would accept you as if you were family,” said Josh Perry, a former co-worker of Haynes.

Human rights activists organized the vigil.

“We didn’t even know her, but we knew we needed to come together as a community — do something to honor her life,” said activist Bertha Gutierrez.

Friends say Haynes attended Grossmont and El Cajon High Schools and was working at the Old Spaghetti Factory in the Gaslamp Quarter.

For a time, she worked with Joshua Palmer and they dated for awhile.

Police arrested the 33 year-old Palmer for Haynes’ murder two days after her body was found.

“It’s very painful. I cry about it when I see posts about her on Facebook or when I think about her. It shouldn’t have happened to her,” said Michelle Luster, a friend of Haynes.

A fundraising account for Haynes’ funeral services is found here.