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Community shows their support for victims of Martin's Super Market shooting


Thursday night people started a memorial in the Martin's Parking lot on Bristol Street in Elkhart.  The store that less than 24 hours earlier served as the scene of a deadly shooting.

Emily Hoeppner and her mother Robin placed candles underneath a sign Martin's put up earlier in the day that read, "Join us in prayer and remembrance."  Emily Hoeppner said, "my mom and I just wanted to come and pay our respects to the families that were affected by this."

Emily works at Martin's, she got off work Wednesday night just a few hours before the shooting took place, something her mother is very grateful for.  "As a parent to find out your child is alive you feel almost guilty over the joy because of the sadness of the people who have lost their lives," said Robin Hoeppner.

Robin and Emily said they are both shaken by the shooting at Emily's workplace.  "Just to think that all the people I work with and care so much about were just here and went through that difficult time," said Emily.

The deadly shooting has left everyone in disbelief.  Barbara Wilson said, "I'm 66 and now I know what senseless means and it's a lesson I don't want to learn."  Wilson is a Martin's shopper, Thursday she brought roses to the store to show her support for the victims.  "I've made so many friends in there from getting a cup of coffee to the checkout line and I don't understand this."

Another shopper, Wallace Henderson said he can't comprehend this either, and he considers himself lucky he wasn't in the store Wednesday night.  "Normally I'm here after 10 o'clock almost every night and for some reason I just felt I like needed to wait and go the next day and then I find out this happened so to me God warned me not to come."

He's now organizing a candlelight vigil for the Martin's store that he says has been much more than a grocery store to him.  "The level of service they have given me and my family makes us feel like we want to give something back.  They're apart of our family so we want to be a part of theirs, let them know we are hurting with them and we are here for them if they need us."

For details about the vigil click here.

We also spoke to the family of Krystle Dikes off camera Thursday.  Her Uncle told us the family is deeply saddened at this tragedy and never imagined this happening so close to home.  He said the family is in complete shock and they are spending this difficult time together.

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