Hundreds gather at candlelight vigil for victims of quadruple killing

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A vigil was held Thursday evening to remember the victims found killed at a home on Gay Street.

Hundreds of community members, family and friends stood together in remembrance of the Sarah Nicole Zent, 26 and her children Carter Mathew Zent, 5; Ashton Duwayne Zent, 3; and 2-year-old Aubree Christine Zent who were found dead in their home Wednesday morning.

Pictured are Sarah Zent and her 3 children. (courtesy photo)

Mourners placed flowers, candles and teddy bears outside the home, and family members released balloons.

“Beautiful. I did not expect all these people to show up. I read 200 but there’s definitely way more than that here. It’s amazing,” said Zent’s sister, Cortney Spiceer.

Hundreds gathered at the corner of Gay Street and Mc Kee Street to remember and honor Zent and her three children.

Zent is described by Spiceer as “the nicest ever. She cared about anyone and everybody. All of her babies, she loved them all.”

“Carter he was rambunctious. He was definitely the leader of the house, always running around laughing, always getting into trouble,” Spiceer said. “And then Ashton was a little shy. He was more the sneaky victim. He kept you on your toes. And then Aubree was very independent. Perfect child. Never cried.”

Due to the number of people who attended, Gay Street from Pontiac Street to Colerick Street was shut down.

A man told WANE 15’s Taylor Williams that a mural will be painted on the east wall of the Unity Barber Shop that will be dedicated Zent and her three children. He said work will start next week.

The vigil is was organized by Justice Accountability & Victims Advocacy. Community members, family and friends are gathered at the home located at 2904 Gay Street at 8 p.m.

The Center for Nonviolence released the following statement:

The Center for Nonviolence grieves the senseless loss of Sarah Zent and her three beautiful children Carter, Ashton, and Aubree. For 40 years, we have provided education, support, and advocacy to end domestic and other forms of violence, while modeling equality and power-sharing. But the horrific violence that took the lives of four beloved community members is evidence that there is so much more work to do. Our community deserves better, our children deserve better, and victims and survivors deserve better. Today and everyday, we lift up and honor the lives and memories of Sarah, Carter, Ashton, Aubree, and everyone our community has lost as a result of violence.    

The Center for Nonviolence

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