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VIGIL HELD FOR NEW PARIS SHOOTING VICTIM

(New Paris, OH)--A vigil was held Tuesday night in New Paris for 10-year-old Samantha Carpenter, who was shot and killed by Brian Harleman on Monday night.  More than a hundred people turned out.  "This is a very strong and supportive community," said Angel Lawson.  Samantha’s mother, Catharine Gessman, continues to recover and was listed in stable condition Wednesday at a Level I trauma center.  Tuesday night, Samantha’s classmates like Charlie Mitchell remembered their friend.  "She made me laugh all the time, and nobody else could."  Others expressed their frustration that Harleman, who shot and killed himself, had numerous previous instances of domestic violence.  "Even with a restraining order...it's just a piece of paper.  And a piece of paper didn't save this little girl and it didn't save her mom," one attendee said.  Samantha was a fifth-grader at National Trail Elementary.

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