A heartbreaking story broke yesterday involving a 26 year old Colonie native. Lauren Tanski, who moved to New Orleans, Louisiana a few months ago, was found dead in her apartment. Lauren was beaten and strangled to death.

A 39 year old man, Henry Dolliole, confessed to murdering Lauren. He’s been charged with first degree murder. The man had previously dated Tanski’s roommate. According to the Times Union, her father said she planned to move out because the man made her feel unsafe.

A friend of Lauren’s had the following to say on facebook:

“RIP Lauren Tanski <3 You were an amazing, beautiful, loving girl who touched the lives of absolutely everyone who had the pleasure & blessing of meeting you. Your big, bold, fun personality is what made you unforgettable, and in life or death, you will never be forgotten.”