COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- One year after her tragic death, friends and those forever linked to the tragedy paid tribute to murdered Ohio State student Reagan Tokes.
Flowers stood in the window of Bodega Friday, the Short North bar where Tokes worked. The manager said Tokes was on the minds of many.
"It hit really close to home for all of us you know, it is our doorstep," said friend Nile Woodson, who also lives near Bodega.
One year later, memories of Reagan still shine bright.
"She was just a really nice, really sweet, courageous, outgoing girl, you know OSU student and she was just fun, she was such a nice person," he said.
One year ago, ABC 6/FOX 28 spoke with Minister Charles William Warfield III, the first to place a flower at the park where Tokes was discovered. He still remembers that day.
"When I realized that her body had been left out in the cold in a barren area," said the minister a year later. "I wanted to go by a leave a small token, just a small token of how I felt on that day."
It was a day the father of three Ohio State graduates won't forget, he has gone back many times in the past year to pray.
"That is how I knew that the memorial did grow because I would go back from time to time and it got larger and larger and larger and I was pleased that that happened," said Warfield.
The family member who often talks for the Tokes family said it is a very, very sad day, adding that Reagan will be forever missed and never forgotten.