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Stewart Instructor: Connors went above and beyond

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As we learn more and more about who Amanda Connors was, a big part of her life was hairstyling.

She was a 2008 graduate of Stewart School in Sioux Falls and even though it had been four years since she left, we learned she made a lasting impression.

The 24 year-old was one of nearly 100 students in her class at Stewart's. For whatever reason, that infectious glowing smile stood out to those who taught her.

"Every encounter I've had with her was positive. She was always happy, happy-go-lucky. Always in a good mood, always positive," Stewart Student Services Director Penny Thompson said.

That seems to be the theme.

The same girl who fell victim in Tuesday's shooting was called a hero by police, Wednesday, and by her friends: the best person they'll ever know.

"She was just doing what we all do, except she went above and beyond because she tried to warn them," Thompson said.

What many, including those who work and learn at Stewart's, will never understand is why this happened.

"The staff was shocked, and felt really bad, just shocked," Thompson said. "I'm sure they're wondering 'oh my God, that could have been us'. This is such a female-dominated industry. This could have happened in any one of these salons. That's what really makes you think."

She credits Connors for what she did, saying it was a mix of her skills as a leader and just the way she was.

"We only have them for a year, and can only do so much, she obviously had a good foundation at home to have that integrity to do what she did," Thompson said.

A prayer vigil is scheduled for this Friday at 5:30 p.m. where the accident took place off 41st Street at Cost Cutters in Sioux Falls.

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