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By Erin Tierney
The Creswell Chronicle 

Weekend of mourning - Vigil held to honor elderly murder victim


January 17, 2019

Andrew J. Breig/The Creswell Chronicle

Nixie Anderson helps her two-year-old granddaughter Everleigh light a candle at Saturday night's vigil for Erma Burnell, who was murdered in her home last Monday.

The Creswell community was reeling from a two-fold tragedy after a 12-year-old boy last week allegedly murdered a 92-year-old Creswell woman in her home. The community organized a candlelight vigil at Holt Park on Jan. 12 to honor the late Erma Katherine (Sapp) Burnell.

The incident occured on Jan. 7 around 12:19 p.m. when Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) received a report of an injured woman on the 200 block of Creswood Drive. Burnell was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after medics and law enforcement arrived. Police said the circumstances for her death were suspicious.

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