Spierers use concert to educate students about their safety


BLOOMINGTON - Thousands of students lit up the night in Bloomington Thursday night. The Shine 4 Lauren concert brought them together to raise awareness about still-missing IU student Lauren Spierer.

From all corners of campus, they walked to Dunn Meadow on the Bloomington campus. Nearly 2,000 people, clad in blue, gathering to support the search for Lauren Spierer and gathering to support her parents, who have been in town since their daughter disappeared in June.

"About 60 guys from my house came out," said IU junior Joel Sullivan.

"Our whole sorority house came," said IU junior Leah Buchaklian. "I just want her parents to like know what happened and we're praying for her to come home."

"We hope that as a result of tonight's concert someone who knows something, because we believe somebody does, will come forward and help us," said Lauren's dad, Robert Spierer.

The Shine 4 Lauren concert began with a video documenting Lauren's disappearance. It named persons of interest, their attorneys, and explained how little is known about what happened that night.

Onstage, three bands performed for the rain-soaked crowd, but the music also came with a message: get students talking, get information, find Lauren Spierer.

"Until we find her, our mission is to keep Lauren's story in the minds of as many people as we possibly can. It would be a tragedy to let Lauren disappear a second time. Speak up," said Lauren's mom Charlene Spierer.

"As a father of a missing girl, I can tell you that any help anyone can give we pray that you come forward and give us that help," Robert Spierer told the crowd.

The Spierers also used the concert to educate students about their own safety.

"We're doing that," said IU junior Katie Lieski. "We've just been trying to take care of each other more and like look out for each other when we go out."

Rain certainly thinned the crowd during the two hour concert.

As it came to a close, one band played a song written especially for Lauren Spierer, and the audience used cell phones to shine lights into the sky, meant to guide her home.