Remembering Yingying Zhang on her birthday

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A day that should be of celebration, has many hearts heavy.

Thursday, December 21 would be missing U of I scholar Yingying Zhang's 27th birthday.

The family of missing U of I scholar Yingying Zhang released a touching video on her birthday:

Zhang went missing on June 9, after she was seen getting into an unfamiliar car.

Brendt Christensen has been arrested in connection with her disappearance and is awaiting his next trial date in February of next year.

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