“She was full of life and a beautiful person. She was certainly like a flower,” said Mark Black.
Mark and Zuzu Verk did not just share an interest in Conservation Biology, their major at Sul Ross University, but the classmates were also friends.
“She loved nature..She loved being outside. I just enjoyed being out in the field with her. It was fun and easy,” said Mark.
Mark said it was her passion for nature and intelligence, that made it so enjoyable to learn; and when Verk went missing, Mark sprung into action.
“We hung flyers around Marfa, Fort Davis Area, just to get the word out, as quick as possible,” said Mark.
Mark wishes it could have been different; even though, the human remains found have not been identified by Medical Examiner’s as Verk’s.
However, despite this turn, Zuzu’s outlook on life teaching Mark a forever lesson..outside of class.
“How important life and the environment and people were…and she understood that,” said Mark.
Zuzu’s ora not just missed by Mark, but by the whole Alpine community.
“We all miss her, but we all have good memories of her..and we have to hold on to those,” said Mark.