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Miriam Deborah Frankl wore midnight blue nail polish, teased her two younger brothers and looked forward to the change in seasons so she could finally pair those brown boots with that purple jacket.

Those were among the memories that speakers shared at a memorial Tuesday for the 20-year-old Johns Hopkins University neuroscience student who was killed in a hit-and-run last month, painting a portrait of a confident and charismatic young woman.

The junior was a third-generation scientist, a sorority sister and the best friend that some ever had.

"Miriam was a remarkable woman," said her aunt, Rebecca German, a professor at the Hopkins School of Medicine. "And we will never know all of what she could become."

Frankl's family buried her last month near their hometown of Wilmette, Ill. She was struck blocks from the university on St. Paul Street on Oct. 16 by a driver who fled the scene. Police have since charged Thomas Meighan Jr., who has at least nine drunken-driving convictions, in connection with the crash. He is being held without bail.

More than 400 people attended the memorial at Hopkins to pay their respects to Frankl's family and share memories.

Speakers described a young woman who brought joy and inspiration to their lives.

"She had a confidence and charisma that was genuine down to her core," said her Alpha Phi Sorority sister Anna Johnston.

She was intelligent, energetic, fun, spunky and magnetic. She will be missed for the way she made others feel - like they too "could go places," said roommate Anne Griffioen.

Frankl graduated from New Trier Township High School in Wilmette in 2007, a determined young woman who spent some of her abundant energy rowing and running. She picked Hopkins for college, following a grandmother and aunt, and set about making her mark from the get-go.

Hopkins Provost Lloyd Minor said she "knew her own mind," while Yongjie Yang, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of neurology, called her a "very promising young neuroscientist."

She grasped concepts and people quickly, and made others feel welcome. People noticed her smile, her verve, her beauty.

"She was someone I truly admired," an anonymous student posted on an Internet condolence site. "Even girls like me who hardly knew her, wish that we had gotten the chance."

German, Frankl's aunt, mourned the woman she knew and the woman she imagined her niece could have become - the scientist and the wife and the mother with "dreams of a future life."

She patted Frankl's boyfriend, Michael Fellows, on the shoulder as she returned to her seat. He rose and joined in song with his a capella group, the AllNighters, which performed at the memorial.

Rabbi Debbie Pine, executive director of Hopkins Hillel, closed the service with two prayers, one of which challenged people to remember that the "goodness, strength, energy and the friendship of Miriam Frankl will endure far beyond the pain and the shadows."

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