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'Take Back the Site' prayer vigil remembers baseball bat beating death victim

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It has been two weeks since Chris Conde-Vargas, 50, was found dead in his home.

Sioux Falls police found the body of Conde-Vargas earlier this month after co-workers reported he didn't show up to work.

When police arrived at the home, they found Conde-Vargas dead, ruling it suspicious and determined violence and alcohol were both a factor.

Robert Bass, 22, is facing charges in the beating death of Conde-Vargas.

Police said he used a baseball bat.

One group hoped to bring some peace to the home of where the father of five was murdered in an event they call 'Take Back the Site.'

Jean Bhatti came to remember the life of man she never knew, until she heard about his death.

"I'm always sad, whenever there's violence, especially one like this that didn't need to be. to disrupt all the lives of the neighborhood and the families and it didn't need to be," Bhatti said.

Bhatti is a member of the group Pax Christi. She spoke with one of Conde-Vargas's daughters about hosting a prayer vigil in his honor.

"It was comforting to her that someone else was recognizing her loss," Bhatti said.

"She had not heard of the 'Take Back the Site' vigils. some people have, she had not but she was glad we were doing it," Bhatti added.

Pax Christi holds prayer vigils they call 'Take Back the Site' to bring peaceful memories where victims suffered a violent death.

"This house, this place, this ground will hold a memory for us because we've been here. I hope it will remind us all the time of the life that was lost," Christensen said.

And while Bhatti said she's saddened by these violent deaths Pax Christi member Harold Christensen is not surprised.

"We're all involved with this. The criminal justice system needs to find ways to end the violence and restore the perpetrator," Christensen said.

The goal for Pax Christi is for the people who pass by his house will remember Conde-Vargas was loved and not the violent way he was killed.

Pax Christi holds their fifteen-minute prayer vigils at the site of any violent death in the city of Sioux Falls.

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