'There is still pain': Service honors Kirkersville shooting victims on 2-year anniversary


Sunday, Kirkersville United Methodist Church held a memorial prayer service remembering the three people killed on May 12, 2017, at the Pine Kirk Care Center.

"Even after 2 years — only 2 years. There is still hurt, there is still pain... there is still suffering, there is still grief. And it's subtle," said Tom Rosser, owner of the care center.

Kirkersville Police Chief Steven DiSario was shot and killed that day, alongside center employees Marlina Medrano and Cindy Krantz.

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Rosser said the staff members have since had a difficult time returning to the place of the crime.

"The staff that really saved lives that day, along with Chief DiSario, returned — and leave. Return and leave," he said. "And recently, four of the principal staff that were there that day... they came back and they seem to be slowly recovering."

Pastor Neil Gaiser of Kirkersville United Methodist Church told a message of hope and healing Sunday. He was assigned to pastor of the congregation on the same day of tragedy.

"I never forgot about that," Pastor Gaiser said. "And, as I sat there watching the news and seeing this horrific tragedy unfold... I just prayed to God that day. I said: 'Lord, if it's your will that I am to become the pastor here, let me be your servant to bring some hope and healing to this community.'"

Pine Kirk Care Center is now reopened and treating patients.

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