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Remembering Amanda Connors

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The peace group Pax Christi holds 15-minute vigils at the site of violent deaths. Tonight, they held a vigil for Amanda Connors.

KSFY News was at the vigil and spoke with people who said they had to be there.

Matthew Norton didn't know Amanda Connors but says he can relate to what her loved ones are going through.

"I've been through the same thing when I was 5 years old, I went through a tragic loss of my grandfather that I was really close to," Norton said.

Jean Bhatti didn't know Amanda either, but felt compelled to organize the vigil.

"By doing a vigil, it gives people a chance to gather and mourn and to pray," Bhatti said.

Bhatti also said the vigil helps reclaim this location from a place of violence to a place of peace.

"Afterward, when people go by they think not only of what happened here, but the remember the vigil and the prayer," Bhatti said.

Pax Christi member Harold Christensen also didn't know Amanda but said he had to be there.

"I came for the prayer service because I think we've got to do something, we in the church need to do something about the kind of violence we're experiencing. and if we do nothing, then we've done the wrong thing," Christensen said.

Christensen said the vigils serve as a reminder of someone's life lost.

They're important because there's thousands of people who drive by on this street and soon will forget and we ought not to be forgetting, so they're important to remember and they're important to recognize, both," Christensen said.

Bhatti said she used to be with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania.  She said they had a tradition of "Take Back the Site."

When she came back to Sioux Falls, she decided to bring the tradition with her.

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