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Friends and family hold vigil for Kari Kirkegaard

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About 100 people showed up a vigil for Kari Kirkegaard, near her home on the 700 block of South Garfield Avenue tonight.

Friends and family still can't believe Kari is gone.

But they are doing what they can to stay positive and remember the good things about their loved one.

Among the tears and supportive hugs were stories and smiles remembering Kari Kirkegaard.

"Always about family. She loved her son, Nicholas, very much and she was always real supportive of him and she loved her family. She did lots with her family and she was just a good person," said relative and neighbor Jolynn Petersen.

She remembers Kari fondly.

And said the turn out at Wednesday night's vigil is proof of how loving a person she was.

"I think it's a tribute to her. And a tribute to the family that she was very loved and the support the family has is wonderful," said Jolynn.

David Gabriel remembers his cousin as a pal.

And said he will always be grateful for the last time he saw Kari.

"I'm very thankful. When she was leaving I gave her a hug and I told her I loved her and I never dreamt what she was driving off to," said David.

And although he said her life was hard at times, "Life wasn't easy for her she was a cancer survivor and battled terrible migraines all her life but she had a big heart," said David.

He said she could always make people laugh.

"She led with humor she wasn't a bitter person," said David.

Although Kari was taken too soon, the family hopes to keep her legacy alive by always remembering the person she was.

Although Kari's killer hasn't been found.

Her dad wants to thank the Sioux Falls Police for working so hard to find the person who did this to Kari.

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