Family and friends of a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs student killed in May will mark her 21st birthday Saturday with a balloon release at Memorial Park.
The balloon release is meant to remember Sicola and “promote awareness of her case with the hope that someone with information will come forward,” according to a news release.
Sicola, a sophomore communications major at UCCS, was found dead in her off-campus apartment at 3801 Half Turn Road, south of North Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway.
The public is asked to arrive at Memorial Park at 11:15 a.m. “Happy Birthday” will be sung and then yellow balloons will be released into the sky at 11:40 a.m., the time she was born.
“Family and friends will be releasing yellow balloons all over the country at this same time,” the release states.
There will also be a brief moment of silence and a Sicola family member will deliver a thank you message. The news media was invited to attend the event, but the family will not grant any interviews, the release states.
The news release was issued by the U.S. Taekwondo Center, where Cicola worked as an assistant instructor. Sicola was a black belt and was working to become a second-degree black belt, a co-worker said in May.