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Suspect on trial for 2016 murder of 19-year-old Eugene woman

Jessica's family said they want to make sure she is remembered - not for what happened, but for who she was. "Jessica was full of life," said Martha Hardy, Jessica's aunt. "She had a very big heart. Very loving and warm." (Family photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - The man accused of murdering a 19-year-old Eugene woman in November 2016 faces trial this week.

Jury selection is in progress in the trial of Erick Joaquin.

Joaquin is accused of the murder of 19-year-old Jessica Elizabeth Frank.

Frank was found dead at a home on Pattison Street. Investigators said she had been dating Joaquin. Her family said the two had met just weeks before her death.

Frank attended Pleasant Hill High School and dreamed of being a police officer, her mother said.

"She was just so - right and wrong. She always just had such a big heart," Frank's mother, Jennifer Phillips, told NBC 16 in 2016, "and always fought for the underdog."

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