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Vigil held Sunday evening for SunTrust shooting victims

Sebing candlelight vigil for SunTrust shooting victims
Posted at 11:50 AM, Jan 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 02:27:13-05

A vigil was held Sunday night in honor of the five women who lost their lives Wednesday when a shooter opened fired inside a SunTrust bank.

Friends, family and strangers gathered inside the Highlands News-Sun Center in Sebring for a vigil.

Four SunTrust employees and one customer were killed after a gunman opened fire inside the bank on Wednesday.

"I can't thank everybody enough for coming out and supporting these 5 young ladies that got their lives cut short," said Tin Warner, mother of Jessica Montague.

Jessica Montague was an employee at SunTrust. Her family said they had to explain to her 3 children what happened to mom.

"I know my daughter's up in heaven and I will preach to her children and let them know their mommy is up there watching over them, every single day," said Warner.

Donations were collected Sunday night and will go to the families of each of the victims. People could make a donation and receive a "Sebring Strong" sticker.

"There's something about dark times that makes the light shine the brightest," said Tim Williams, a relative of one of the victims.

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Authorities arrested the 21-year-old shooter after a stand-off at the bank on Wednesday.

He faces 5 counts of premeditated murder.