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Vigil held in honor of young woman lost to gun violence

Family and friends of 25 year old Minda Miller met at Patee Park to celebrate her life and call for an end to gun violence in the city.

Posted: Mar 5, 2021 11:29 PM
Updated: Mar 8, 2021 11:31 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Friday night the midtown community said goodbye to one of their own at Patee Park.

Balloons and sky lanterns were released as well as candles lit to honor 25-year-old Minda Miller, whose life was cut short by gun violence.

The vigil was organized by grieving friends and family, and supported by all those who knew Minda.

"The last time I checked this evening before we came there was 256 people saying they were coming," Tabatha Nichols, organizer said. "That’s amazing."

"It really shows how much Minda was loved and how many people really cared about her," Brandi Hudson, Miller's sister said. 

As painful as the loss is for those who knew her, organizers said there’s also anger that their loved one is yet another victim claimed by gun violence.

They want to see that no other family has to endure the pain of losing a loved one so tragically.

"Nobody wants to get a phone call that this happened to somebody in their family," Nichols said. "It’s horrible."

Miller's family says the midtown area has changed in recent years and they hope her death can spread awareness about bringing forth positive change, many at the vigil said they want to see stricter penalties for those who posseses firearms illegally.

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It was a snowy and cold day across the area with 2-6 inches of snow found across northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Temperatures will fall into the teens and single digits overnight. Be very careful on the roads Sunday morning, slushy and wet roads will refreeze with the cold temperatures overnight. Sunshine returns on Sunday with temperatures staying right around average in the mid 30s. Dry conditions look to continue into next week. Temperatures will warm through Tuesday with highs back in the 40s before a cold front moves through mid week dropping temperatures back into the teens and 20s.
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