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Justice 4 Jane Hosts Private Memorial Birthday

An anonymous group that has formed to support the continued investigation of the January strangulation death of Jane E. Bashara held a private memorial birthday celebration Friday, when she would have turned 57.

would have tured 57 years old Friday.

Instead of celebrating herself, an anonymous advocacy group—Justice 4 Jane—held a private memorial celebration in her honor at in Grosse Pointe Park.

unnerved her neighbors, friends and residents throughout the Grosse Pointes. Her death and the criminal investigation into it became who descended upon , often staging large trucks on Middlesex for days at a time.

, revealing that the organizers do not want to be recognized individually in hopes of keeping the focus on solving Bashara's homicide case.

The group, which includes, friends, community members and crime victim advocates from across the country, had originally planned to have a candlelight vigil in memory of Jane Bashara on Friday. They have put it off until later this summer. 

A spokesperson for the group said via email Friday that instead today the group held a private memorial birthday celebration. They released balloons and read a poem in her memory. They also played some of Jane Bashara's favorite songs and wrote messages on streamers that were attached to the balloons. They ended that portion of the gathering by singing Happy Birthday, which the spokesperson described as emotional.

Afterward, they traveled around tying ribbons on trees and placing memorial bouquests of flowers at the base of the trees, according to the spokesperson.

The group has been selling lawn signs, tree ribbons, wristbands and more, with the proceeds to be donated to some of Jane Bashara's favorite charities. Lawn signs and tree ribbons can be spotted throughout the Grosse Pointes, including across the street from the Bashara house in Middlesex.

Jane Bashara's husband, , still lives in the house. He has not a part of the Justice 4 Jane group, organizers have told media.

Thus far, with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. in the case.

The first evaluation, conducted by a state social services doctor, determined he is competent to stand trial. His next hearing in 36th District Court is in mid-July. 

Although the conspiracy charge has been filed against Gentz, asserting that a second person was involved in Jane Bashara's death, no one else has been charged as of Friday.

The following is the untitled poem read during the memorial. The author is unknown:

"I believe in the sun
Even when it is not shining
And I believe in love
Even when there's no one there
And I believe in God
Even when He is silent
I believe through any trial
there is always a way.

But sometimes in this suffering
And hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter
To know someone's there
But a voice rises within me saying
'Hold on my child'
I'll give you strength, I'll give you hope
Just stay a little while

I believe in the sun
Even when it is not shining
And I believe in love
Even when there's no one there
And I believe in God
Even when He is silent
I believe through any trial
there is always a way

May there someday be sunshine
May there someday be happiness
May there someday be love
May there someday be peace.May there someday be justice 4 jane" (added)"

The group also played songs in Jane Bashara's memory, including:

1.Someday We'll Be Together/Supremes
2.Really Going To Miss You/Smokey Robinson
3.That's What Friends Are For/Dionne Warwick
4.You've Got a Friend/Carol King
5.To Where You Are/Josh Groban
6.I Will Remember You/Whitney Huston
8.One Sweet Day/Mariah Carey
9.Angels Among Us/M. Norcross
10.Sissy's Song/Alan Jackson
11.Con Te Partiro/Andrea Bocelli and Sara Brightman
12.Fire and Rain/James Taylor

Sentiments written on streamers included:

* "Jane, you were and are a bright star in so many of our lives. May your memory live on forever in our hearts."
* "You are missed and loved."
* "We're speaking up for you, Jane. Hope you can hear us."
* "Old, new and forever friends"

Pat Carston June 23, 2012 at 01:33 PM
What a lovely tribute to Jane, wish I'd been there.

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