Cynthia (Cindy) Joan Smith enrolled in the Syracuse University College of Human Development because she wanted to be a fashion designer. She then participated in the DIPA program in London, England, because she wanted to learn more about European fashions. She also enjoyed personal market research—she loved to shop! For her 21st birthday in October, while she was in London, her family in Milton, Massachusetts, put money in her account and told her to "buy something fun in Paris."
Abigail Kedem, her London roommate, recalled how much Cindy enjoyed visiting museums throughout Europe. "She would get angry if anyone tried to rush her out of a museum." Abigail remembers how outgoing Cindy was, too.
Cindy helped people. In high school she worked with other students to help them with problems such as drinking, drug use, pregnancy. She also worked on a weekly cable television program that focused on the same issues. When a friend was sitting alone, Cindy would find out what was wrong, according to her mother, Joan. "She was always like that."
Her father, Edward, said, "We spoke to her Wednesday, December 21. She was so excited about coming home. She had everything going for her—personality, friends. She just loved life."