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Published October 08, 2013, 08:01 PM

Dru Sjodin's mother keynote speaker at 18th annual "take back the night" rally

The University of North Dakota is hosted the 18th annual "take back the night" rally Tuesday. The rally kicked off at UND's memorial union with a keynote speech from Linda Walker. She's the mother of Dru Sjodin -- a UND student who was kidnapped outside of the Columbia mall and found dead months later near Crookston.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

The University of North Dakota is hosted the 18th annual "take back the night" rally Tuesday. The rally kicked off at UND's memorial union with a keynote speech from Linda Walker. She's the mother of Dru Sjodin -- a UND student who was kidnapped outside of the Columbia mall and found dead months later near Crookston. The rally went down University Avenue and ended at the Gamma Phi Beta house -- where Dru Sjodin was a member.

In November of 2003 Dru Sjodin was kidnapped and murdered by sex offender, Alfonso Rodriguez. Sjodin was studying Photojournalism at UND and became involved in the clothesline project in October of 2003 -- a month before her death. One year after her death -- in 2004 -- her mother Linda Walker spoke at the take back the night rally because of her daughter's previous involvement. Walker's been asked to speak again as this year marks the ten year anniversary of Sjodin's death.

Walker said, "I'm really taking over where Dru would want me to continue to insure that -- to keep the awareness of violence against women and children. So, I feel like i'm just taking off where she started."

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