Latasha Norman, the body of the missing Jackson State University student was found in a wooded area, about 10 miles from the campus, decomposing amongst road side trash and empty beer bottles. Latasha was last seen after attending a class on November 13. JSU classes were canceled on Friday.

The ex-boyfriend, Stanley Cole (24), led police to the body on Thursday (Nov. 28) in north Jackson. Cole has been taken into custody and has been charged with murder. He is being held in jail without bond.

Latasha’s uncle, Matthew, said: “Most of the people she was around, she touched them with that beautiful smile. We’re going to miss this jewel that we’ve lost.”

Leslie Denise Brown, 22, an athletic education major at Delta State University, said she met Norman just after the younger woman graduated from high school and cautioned her about college life. “I was telling her about my first year in college and to be careful because everybody you meet is not your friend. I was also telling her how not to fall for any and everything because people tend to take advantage of freshmen. She was so sweet.”

The Jackson State University Web site reported that two bank accounts have been set up to assist Latasha Norman’s family.

The family opened the “Latasha Norman Family Relief Fund” at the Woodrow Wilson branch of the Trustmark Bank, and the Jackson State University National Alumni Association has placed a PayPal link on the JSUNAA Web site to accept donations for the family.