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Remembering Lauren Tanski

Posted at: 01/16/2013 10:34 PM
Updated at: 01/17/2013 9:16 AM
By: Allison Dorchik

 

The arrest of a man accused of killing a 2004 Colonie High School graduate is bringing little comfort to the friends of that victim tonight.

Sadly, Lauren Tanski moved to Louisiana because she saw it as a new opportunity to live life to the fullest.

Those who knew her are holding close the many memories they have of this girl who by all accounts could walk into a roomful of strangers and walk out with a roomful of friends.

As she flips through photos of a life long friend, Maura McDonald can't help but smile - even though her heart is breaking.

McDonald says, "my childhood, every memory has her in it. It's hard to go on."

But McDonald is trying to be strong. She needs to make sure her six year old son, who also loved Lauren, continues to adore her memory.

McDonald says, "she used to do a dance where she'd kick her feet side to side and we're 'gonna miss her so much."

A lover of art, journalism and all things silly, the 26-year-old had recently moved to New Orleans to spread her wings. Nobody dreamed she'd end up the victim of a murder. New Orleans police arrested 39-year-old Henry Dolliole, accusing him of beating and strangling the Tanski. Police say Dolliole is the ex-boyfriend of Tanski's roommate. The Colonie School community is reeling.Jim Boland is a family friend who taught Lauren in economics class during her senior year.

Boland says, "she was full of life, a wonderful girl."

Boland vividly remembers Lauren's larger than life personality lighting up his classroom and the hallways of Colonie High School.

He also says she was always surrounded by friends, constantly smiling with a laughter that was contagious.

More proof that she loved kids and they loved her, she spent time as a counselor at Saddlewood Elementary School.

"The kids really adored her. Those kids are now seniors at Colonie, my daughter was one of them. She taught multiplication to her, says Boland."

Those who knew Lauren say the circumstances surrounding her death don't add up. Nobody can understand why someone would want to hurt her.

McDonald says, "she was always an individual, just wanted to set her mark on the world."

And friends say she did just that.