Visitations held for Martin's shooting victims

People gathered to honor the lives of the Martin’s shooting victims Tuesday.

Family and friends of Rachelle Godfread came together at the Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home around noon to say their final goodbyes.

While those closest to Godfread asked for their privacy, some of the victim’s friends chose to speak out about their memories.

“We all said we would get together sometime and reminisce,” said long-time friend Amy Mishler. “That time never came. It hits hard.”

Mishler said Godfread’s support was particularly strong when Mishler’s son was diagnosed with cancer.

“She would go out of her way to make sure everything was ok,” Mishler said. “She continued to stay in close contact.”

A high school classmate said he was at the same Martin’s store in Elkhart about ten minutes before the shooting happened.

“To wake up the next morning to find out a friend was killed was just very difficult for me,” said Paul Milnes.

Just a couple of hours later, many gathered at the First Baptist Church in Bristol to remember 20-year-old Krystle Dikes. Dikes was also killed in the Martin’s shooting.

The parking lot was full as people stopped by to pay their respects. The visitation area was a celebration of Dikes’ life – childhood pictures and drawings filled the room.

One friend told Newscenter 16 she spent last Tuesday with Dikes.

“She stayed the night at my house Monday and went to babysit Tuesday,” said Niki Terrell. “When she left Tuesday it was weird because she said goodbye and it was ‘goodbye.’”

Dikes will be laid to rest Wednesday.


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