Des Moines Register 04-25-06 Internet users pay respects on slain students' Web profiles JARED STRONG REGISTER STAFF WRITER Friends and acquaintances of Molly Edmondson and Katrina Hill are remembering the two Kirkwood Community College students by posting comments on a popular Internet site. Edmondson and Hill, both 18, were found dead Sunday afternoon. By Monday afternoon, more than 30 members had written messages on MySpace.com, an online community frequented by young adults. "I love you so much :(," wrote MySpace.com user Monsoon Maria. She was the first to post on Hill's MySpace page after Hill and her cousin Edmondson were found dead in Edmondson's apartment near the Kirkwood campus in Cedar Rapids. MySpace says it is one of the largest and fastest-growing social networking Web sites, with about 71 million users who interact with each other, exchanging gossip, gripes and pictures. It's a popular way for friends to stay in touch over long distances. Michael Bugeja, director of Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, said he believes that young people who use these Web sites should think about privacy issues. Despite the concerns, Bugeja said MySpace is "amazingly popular . . . surprisingly so.'' Bugeja, who specializes in the study of new technologies and interpersonal communication, said some funeral homes have begun offering Internet pages where friends can post memorials. But Bugeja said this is the first he's heard of these farewell messages appearing on the site of an online community such as MySpace. Hill used the MySpace member name Captain Rad Kat. In her profile, she listed favorite music, movies and future plans, which included attending a fashion institute in San Francisco. Edmondson posted under her first name, Molly. In another online community, Facebook.com, a user posted a picture of the two with the man accused in their deaths, Kyle Marin, 19, of North Liberty, who is also a Kirkwood student. The MySpace users who posted farewells included longtime friends and new acquaintances. NOVEMBER fifth posted: "oh kat. kat. kat. you beautiful soul. heaven has an angel that will shine so bright and will give everyone a high five and a hug. you seriously were a blast to hang out with and thanks for introducing me to sushi. i'll never forget ya." Kassia posted: "Molly, My heart is broke into many pieces . . . Why would anyone do this to you? Our questions will always go unanswered. You were a great neighbor and a good friend. I will always remember your face, when me and Lindsey came to your door in fat suits. That was great! I will always miss seeing you every morning before class. There was always a smile on your face. You have such a huge heart. You were always there to help anyone in need. I know someday we will meet again but until then rest in peace. Much love!"