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Kirkegaard Honored And Remembered In Vigil

March 26, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Kirkegaard Honored And Remembered In Vigil
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A vigil one week ago allowed family and friends to remember Kari as a kind and loving person. Wednesday night, they continue to remember her in an effort to rid the area of violence.

"We gather here today because of an act of violence that took the life of Kari Kirkegaard," vigil organizer Jean Bhatti said.

It is an act of violence that continues to go unpunished. Family and friends join together once again to support one another, but also to hope and pray that violence never comes in their neighborhood again.

"Once human passions have been released that result in violence, we need to stop and re-cleanse the Earth and start again," Bhatti said.

"We're all in just disbelief that something would happen in our neighborhood. I've always felt safe; I've lived over here for 20 years. For something so bad to happen, it's just awful," neighbor Cindy Peacock said.

Nobody feels as bad as the family trying to cope with losing a loved one, especially her father.

"For all their acts of kindness and gifts, I can't really say enough good about it," Kari's father, Ron P. Johnson, said.

Everyone is doing all they can to move on from this tragedy, but not much can be felt until the person responsible is found.

"I don't know if it'll bring peace or closure, but I hope it does. Justice has to be served, they have to find this person," Peacock said.

"Obviously, it would be a closure. Up until that time, it's an emptiness. I just hope I live long enough to see that. Hopefully it can get done this year, but sometimes that doesn't happen. We will have to keep waiting and hoping," Johnson said.

Johnson tells us that the family is doing everything they can to gather clues as well, anything that will bring a suspect into police custody.

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