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Prayer service honors victims of Canon City murders

Prayer service honors victims of Canon City murders

CANON CITY, Colo. - Dozens gathered at a prayer service in Canon City Tuesday evening to remember the victims of a triple homicide and to support the teen survivor.

The victims, 5-year-old Mason Folsom, 9-year-old Marissa Folsom and their mother, 35-year-old Mandy Folsom, were found dead in a home in Canon City late Sunday night.  The teen girl was reportedly sexually assaulted but was able to get out of the house.  Police have arrested 31-year-old Jaacob Van Winkle in connection to the murders.

The pastor of First Southern Baptist Church told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that the teen has a lot of support from relatives and from the community.  He hoped the prayer service and candlelight vigil would help remind her that she's not alone.  Many who attended the service had never met the family, but said the tragedy affected them deeply.

"I didn't realize people had brought gifts for her: teddy bears, different things to give to her," said Pastor Tom Killgore.  "They all just wanted to hug her."

Lindsay Salyer attended the service with her 10-year-old daughter.  Though Salyer said they didn't know the family personally, her daughter went to school with the children and they came to show support.  

"It's just unbelievable," Salyer said.  "I don't know if you can even heal. You can't heal form something like that."

Killgore said the service was a testament to the strength and camaraderie of the Canon City community.

"We all live in little bubbles and we all move around and we develop our personal security and then things like this -- a triple murder happens -- it pops that bubble and we realize we are very vulnerable."

Van Winkle will be formally charged Wednesday morning. He faces charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and three counts of first-degree murder.

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