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Nine days after a tragic shooting, Montfort gathers for vigil to mourn victims

Posted: Updated: Jan 11, 2015 06:16 PM

MONTFORT (WKOW) – A crowd appearing to be roughly 100 people strong turned out for a vigil in honor of a young family involved in a shooting last weekend.

According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, authorities were first alerted of a shooting at a home on Main Street around 3:30 p.m. On Friday, January 2.

Inside, 6-year old Jaxon Slaight, his 8-year old brother Joseph Slaight, and their mother, 27-year old Morgan Slaight, had all been shot in the head with a .22 caliber gun.

Jaxon Slaight eventually died from his injuries. Morgan Slaight and Joseph Slaight are still recovering.

Few details regarding the shooting have been made available, but the family was staying with a relative in Montfort after having moved north from Oklahoma.

On Sunday, the Montfort United Methodist Church held a vigil in the family's honor.

“It's been a tragic event and a huge shock,” said Phillip Crow.

Phillip and his wife, Annette, attended the vigil with their two children. The couple has lived in Montfort for 11 years. He said those at the vigil heard from members of the Slaight family, who said Joseph Slaight's condition is improving. 

“This was about healing, not only for the community, but also for our school,” Annette Crow said. “The boys attended (the Iowa-Grant) schools.”

“These things don't happen our here,” she said. “We hear about them in bigger cities, but we're out here in this little nucleus.”

Annette Crow said gathering together with others helped with the grieving process.

“I think we all needed to come together and express our sadness,” she said. “We wanted to let the family know we're so sorry this has happened and we want to do anything we can to help.”

Those wishing to help the Slaight family with a donation can click here to contribute.

Annette Crow said the Clare Bank branch in Montfort is also accepting donations for a fund that has been set up there. She said donations can be dropped off in person or mailed in.

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