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Police Chief: Amanda Connors was a hero

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Cost Cutters on 41st Street is closed for the time being, but that hasn't stopped dozens of friends and family members from stopping by the store to say goodbye to Amanda Connors.

While many may think she happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, police say Amanda was a hero,  who stood up for a friend.

Balloons and flowers stand guard outside Cost Cutters. They stand in honor of Amanda Connors who friends say was just a fun, sweet girl with infectious laughter. All over Facebook, friends are sending their condolences to the family of this young woman who was taken much to soon.

"I think people at this point, I think they're just stunned like we're not going to get to hang out with her, we're not going to see her around and talk with her and it just burns, it's a different kind of hurt." Said Adam Sieff, a close friend of Amanda's.

The police chief calls Amanda a hero, she saw a friend in need and stepped in. Police believe Tyrone Smith shot Amanda because she wasn't cooperating and interfered with his plan. But the chief also believes Amanda's sacrifice may have spared others

"In the end no one else got hurt other than him, It's hard to say if she played a role in that but she definitely played a role in forewarning the mother and who knows maybe saved her life as well." said Police Chief Doug Barthel.

The family of Amanda's boyfriend, Tyler Veurink, lit candles and brought flowers to the vigil this afternoon, but they did not want to speak right now and wanted to mourn in private.

Friends say there is a lot of hurt right now and they don't think the pain won't go away anytime soon.

"We need to surround this family, there's a lot of hurting people tonight, we need to say some prayers as we're searching for answers be people who can comfort and people who love in the midst of this." Said Sieff.

The name Amanda means "loved" and judging by the outpouring of support, both outside of Cost Cutters and over Facebook, it's clear that Amanda was loved by everyone she met.

A prayer vigil for Amanda Connors will be held at 41st Street and Kiwanis Avenue on Friday night at 5:30pm. Everyone is invited to attend and pray for the victims and to reclaim this place where violence has occurred.

A fund has also been set up through Wells Fargo to help offset funeral costs for the Connors' family. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank nationwide, just request the Amanda Connors fund.

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