Hundreds turn out in rain to raise awareness for Lauren Spierer

Missing IU student's parents urge people to come forward with information on Lauren's disappearance

Bloomington, Ind.

Despite the rain, hundreds showed up to a concert in Bloomington for a missing Indiana University student Thursday evening.  

Lauren Spierer, now 20, disappeared in June after a night out partying with friends in Bloomington.

With the help of IU, her parents, Rob and Charlene Spierer, began planning the "Shine 4 Lauren" event at IU's Dunn Meadow about three weeks ago. They said they wanted to re-charge the search and make sure their missing daughter didn't "disappear a second time."

Hundreds of people walked to Dunn Meadow wearing blue in honor of Lauren. Then three bands kept the crowd's spirits up as the rain showered down.

IU men's basketball coach Tom Crean co-hosted the event and told students they needed to look after each other and treat one another like family. He also emphasized the need to help the Spierer's find closure.

"We gotta do everything we can do to help this family," he told the crowd. "They don't get to go home and hug her. They don't get to call her. They don't get to text her. They don't get to Facebook with her."

Lauren's parents also took the stage to thank everyone for coming and urged people to come forward with any information.

"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 Rob Spierer.

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