Only the flicker of candles illuminated the faces of friends and family members of Kelly Pease Saturday night at the vigil held in her honor.
Parents, children, siblings and friends embraced one another as they passed a microphone to share stories about their beloved Kelly.
The mother of five was found dead in a car March 8 at Kootenai Health. The 37-year-old was a nursing student at North Idaho College. Her ex-fiancé, Steven Denson, 61, was wanted on suspicion of killing Pease but apparently took his own life when confronted by law enforcement the following day.
“She was the shining star of my life,” said Scott Isbell, Pease’s father. “I’m so proud of her and all the hard work she did and all of her accomplishments. With everything that was going against her, she kept trying.”
The vigil, held in the parking lot of Kootenai Health, started with a few songs by John Mayer, since Pease loved his music/Bethany Blitz, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.