The discovery of the Parentes' bodies came a little more than a year after a father was charged in the drowning deaths of three children in a bathtub at a downtown Baltimore hotel, and two days after five members of a Frederick County family were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

As word of the Parentes' deaths spread across the tight-knit Loyola campus Monday night, an impromptu service was held in the Catholic college's chapel for Stephanie's friends.

Tuesday, a campuswide e-mail was sent to Loyola students, faculty and staff. Even students who did not know Stephanie Parente said they were shocked and saddened.

In the prayer garden next to the chapel, a dozen of her friends gathered in the afternoon to cry, hug and lean on each other. Students said their Catholic faith and deep sense of community would help them through.

"Our faith is an important resource for us to turn to because we're really confronting the mystery of evil," Linnane, the school president, said.

More than 1,000 Loyola students came together in Alumni Memorial Chapel for the Mass on Tuesday night, lining the walls and sitting on the floor and altar. They sang "Lord of All Hopefulness" and "Amazing Grace" in a service led by Linnane.

A framed black-and-white photograph of Stephanie Parente was placed on a table.

Her roommates sat in the front row after walking up a side aisle, holding each other's hands. Two of them delivered the readings, about death and salvation.

Three other roommates also came to the altar to read the prayers of the faithful. Through tears, they offered prayers for all the young people who leave the world too early, for William and Betty Parente, for Catherine and, finally, for Stephanie.

"You brightened our lives," a roommate said, "and we'll never forget you."

Baltimore Sun reporter Gus G. Sentementes contributed to this article.


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