Candlelight vigil held to help Hesston heal


HESSTON, Kan. (KSN) – Dozens of people gathered in Hesston’s Heritage Park Friday night, holding a candlelight vigil for the Excel Industries employees killed and wounded in the mass shooting there Thursday afternoon.

The vigil served to offer prayers and thoughts for the victims of the shooting, and to bring the community together to help in the healing process.

Leading off the comments Friday night was Hesston Mayor David Kauffman.

After Kaufman spoke, a worker at the Excel plant asked those present to keep fellow workers who were wounded in the attack in their thoughts and prayers.

During the vigil, a friend of Renee Benjamin, who was one of the three people shot to death during the attack, was remembered with a balloon release.

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