Strangers and friends have donated more than $2,900 toward funeral expenses for a 19-year-old Georgia State University student who was found dead in Gwinnett Place Mall in December.
Silling A. Man was identified by police Wednesday, weeks after her body was found in an empty restaurant space in the Gwinnett Place Mall food court. She had been missing since mid-October.
Man was a Zell Miller scholar who aspired to become a registered nurse, her brother Sovandy R. Man wrote on the GoFundMe page. Man was a sophomore psychology major at Georgia State and was characterized by friends as an ambitious, hard-working student.
“Silling was a wonderful, caring and loving friend . She was a ray of sunshine. She was always smiling and always so energetic,” Madelyn Valdivia wrote on the GoFundMe page. “I love you Silling , you will be missed by many. A wonderful person gone too soon.”
The GoFundMe is being organized by David Lamitina, a coworker of Man’s uncle, Savan Yang, who served as her guardian.
Man had been reported missing by her uncle on Oct. 8, but she returned home by Oct. 10. Man disappeared again a few days later. Besides picking up a paycheck from her job at the Michael Kors store in Perimeter Mall on Nov. 20, police don’t know what Man was doing or where she was before her death. Man was found on Dec. 21 and had been dead for at least two weeks.
Man’s death has not been ruled a homicide, and full autopsy results are pending a toxicology report, which could take up to 12 weeks, the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Gwinnett County police believe Man’s death is “suspicious” and that it was not due to natural causes, spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said.
Police want to speak with anyone who was with Man between October and December 2017. You can call detectives at 770-513-5300.