Candlelight vigil for Bonne Terre victims

By Heartland News

BISMARCK, MO (KFVS)-Hundreds of people gather at a candlelight vigil in honor of five people who died in an apparent murder-suicide, Sunday evening.

Organizers of the event held the memorial service at the Bismarck High School baseball field to show the families who lost their loved ones in last week's incident that they care.

Friends and strangers gathered in the cold with candles light to honor the memories and families affected by last week's deaths.

Bismarck Chamber of Commerce President Mel Jordan said, "There's several families touched by this violence and something that needs to be addressed and bring some closure with this event, hopefully."

Mel Jordan also said this was a way for the community to show the families their support if they were unable to make to the funerals.

Margaret Snyder of Bismarck tearfully said, "God be with each one of the families, he'll take care of them."

Another participant in the vigil, Merilyn Miller said she is "Just so sorry for their loss.  I know words can't describe how they are feeling right now.  And it is a terrible loss."

Sunday's vigil was in memory of Erica Wade of Bismarck, Danielle Bemet, her mother Christine Snider, and Snider's live-in boyfriend Derek Nash who were killed in a Bonne Terre Duplex.

The suspect in these deaths was Nathan Fortner who then killed himself.

Meantime, the community of Ellington has set up a fund for the family of Christine Snider and Danielle Bemet for the three children they leave behind.

Donations can be made at the People's Community State Bank.

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