Mother of Indiana University student Hannah Wilson opens up about daughter’s death

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FISHERS, Ind. (April 29, 2015)-- For 22 years, Hannah Wilson was a gift to her mother Robin and to everyone she touched and to everyone she knew.

“We just have so many pictures to reminisce,” said Hannah's mother Robin Wilson, as she looked through pictures in the home Hannah grew up in.

Hannah was found dead in Brown County Friday. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Thousands of pictures covered the kitchen table Robin would sit at with her daughter Hannah. She sifted through boxes of memories.

“I was so upset with her when she brought this home to show me how proud she was because I went to Purdue and I said, 'Excuse me?! What?!' And then I had to learn to be proud as punch to be in Crimson and Cream,” she said.

Wilson had smiles and laughter Wednesday in place of tears and sorrow.

“She lived life to the fullest. I mean honestly, she did live 22 years to the best she could,” she said.

The 22-year-old Indiana University psychology major had wisdom beyond her years.

“She taught everybody else how to live and she’s just touched so many people because of that,” said Hannah’s sister, Haley Wilson.

Hannah told her parents in a conversation one night how she wanted her friends and family to celebrate her when she died.

“I think one of the things that she most would want people to know right now is that she does not want people to cry and to grieve. She really, literally wants people to come in dancing,” said Robin.

“She was so wise. She didn’t have to say one thing and you were just like, how are you so amazing? It doesn’t make sense,” said Haley.

Haley, a senior in high school, will attend IU in the fall, the school her sister loved so much.

“All she can be is happy to know that Haley will have the same joy there that she did,” said Robin.

How after watching her daughter grow into an amazing young woman, could she remain so strong after such a senseless death?

“Don’t get me wrong, there’s been tears, there has to be tears,” said Robin.

“But you can’t help but feel joy and peace when you look through her pictures and you see how loved she was. I mean, how can you feel sadness when you know this person had so much love in her life?” she said.

Wilson’s funeral will be held at 7 p.m. in the Fishers High School auditorium. Her family is asking donations be made in her name to the Indiana University LGBT center, and the Indiana University Alzheimer’s disease center.

Daniel Messel, 49, was charged with murder in Hannah's death. Messel’s bond hearing is set for May 15, and his jury trial is tentatively set for July 22.

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