Friends, family plan vigil for victim in slaying

  • Wed Jan 27th, 2010 10:35pm
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Herald staff

LYNNWOOD — Family and friends of Sherry Harlan are planning a candlelight vigil for her Saturday at Alderwood mall.

Harlan, 35, was reported missing after she failed to show up for her job at JC Penney at the Lynnwood mall. Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives found evidence of foul play inside her Everett apartment.

Harlan’s burned-out car was found Jan. 7 near a gravel pit outside of Gold Bar. Investigators discovered partial human remains inside the Nissan Sentra.

Her ex-boyfriend, Eric Christensen, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the woman’s death. Harlan’s co-workers and neighbors reported that she told them that Christensen had beaten her and she was afraid he’d kill her if she broke up with him, police said.

Christensen, 40, is being held on $2 million bail.

Harlan’s family and co-workers have organized a vigil at 6 p.m. at the Alderwood JC Penney parking lot, near the catalog pick-up area.