- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Customers and others are rallying behind a northern Indiana supermarket where a gunman killed a customer and an employee before police fatally shot him.

About 300 people gathered for a prayer vigil Saturday night in front of the Martin’s Super Market in Elkhart, where the shootings occurred three nights earlier.

The store provided flowers and candles for the event, and Adam Bujalski was among several people who volunteered to distribute them. Bujalski, who said he goes to the store every Friday, said it’s important that the community continues to support the business.

“Just because something bad happened, it can’t let it ruin our lives,” he told The Elkhart Truth.

The crowd applauded police Cpls. Jason Tripp and Cody Skipper, who fatally shot gunman Shawn Walter Bair as Bair threatened to shoot a third person. Also attending the vigil were Mayor Dick Moore, Police Chief Dale Pflibsen and other officers, and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.

Shaun Dikes, the father of 20-year-old slain store employee Krystle Dikes, thanked the crowd for attending amid light snow.

“This is incredible, very touching, and I felt like I needed to express how much this means to us to see all these people who may not have known her, may not know us,” he said.

The Goshen News reported many of the crowd stood in line to sign their names or write short messages on two posters with pictures of Dikes and the other victim, customer Rachelle Godfread, 44.



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