Community remembers shooting victims with memorial

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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WICHITA, Kan. Thursday morning, neighbors describe West Wildwood as being eerily quiet. It's a big difference from just a day ago. The police cars have cleared, the crime scene tape removed, but one reminder of the tragedy remains.

Candles rest under a tree, left behind after a vigil held Wednesday night.

"We lit candles and just remembered and had a moment of silence and prayer," said neighbor Erica Hendrix. "The community kind of came together to mourn and to grieve and to start our healing process."

"There was a lot of people, a lot of praying," said neighbor Carla Bissell. "I just feel really sorry for the people that got killed."

Neighbors say more than one hundred grieving friends and family members were in attendance, saying it was a peaceful showing of love and support.

Candle flames were still flickering well into Thursday morning. Some of the candles read 'Rest in Peace Cayli- You Will be Missed, Never Forgotten'.

"Her light was always shining, so we want to keep those candles shining as long as we can," Hendrix said.

Those in the community, calling it a way to remember the victims, and bring the neighborhood together in unity.

"We have to stay here, we have to fight," Hendrix said. "We have to be vigilant, we can't give up, this could happen anywhere."

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