Cañon City residents shed tears, join together for strength after triple homicide

By: Christy Steadman, Cañon City Daily Record
March 12, 2014 Updated: March 12, 2014 at 10:20 am
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photo - Community members sing 'Jesus Loves Me' to the teen victim of a sexual assault who lost her family Sunday night in a triple homicide. (Christy Steadman / Daily Record)
Community members sing 'Jesus Loves Me' to the teen victim of a sexual assault who lost her family Sunday night in a triple homicide. (Christy Steadman / Daily Record) 

More than 100 people attended a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening at the First Southern Baptist Church to give community support to the young lady who lost her immediate family as a result of Sunday night's triple homicide.

"Tonight is our way of saying we love you," Pastor Thomas Killgore said. "All of us are here because we're sorry."

The 16-year-old girl is reportedly a victim of sexual assault, according to Cañon City law enforcement. A press release issued by the Cañon City Police Department states that the teen ran from her home to a neighbor's house and the neighbor called 911 Sunday night. The girl was treated at St. Thomas More Hospital, received some counseling from a victim's advocate and is with relatives, Cañon City Police Chief Paul Schultz said.

CCPD arrested Jaacob Vanwinkle, 31, without incident at the home. Vanwinkle is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to be formally charged. He faces three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of sexual assault charges and kidnapping.

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