- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A candlelight vigil was held in Muscatine to honor a man who was stabbed to death earlier this week.

Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday night on the riverfront to reminisce about Timothy Lane, 45, a local businessman who was found with multiple stab wounds Sunday night, the Muscatine Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1tTMX0W ). He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

“It’s unbelievable. This speaks for Tim,” said his father, Roger Lane, about the vigil attendance. “He was a very, very well liked guy who always had a smile on his face.”

Lane’s stepson, Cody Ryan Curtis, 30, has been charged with second-degree murder in the case. Court records do not list an attorney.

Additional information about the death has not been released. Police responded Sunday night to a report of a stabbing and discovered Lane. Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren later said he died of a knife wound to the chest. He had been stabbed about five times.



Some of Lane’s friends from high school helped put together the Wednesday vigil, which included a moment of silence and a rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Donations were also accepted for a memorial fund.

“He had a very big heart,” said LeAnne Chambliss, who organized the vigil. “Of course you have families and drift apart (after high school), but to my kids he was Uncle Tim. We were all close.”

Stacy Gerdts, a family friend, said the vigil was needed.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “I hope this helps everyone get through it.”

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Information from: Muscatine Journal, https://www.muscatinejournal.com

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