Family, friends remember victims of triple homicide during candlelight vigil


ROANOKE Co, Va. (WSET) -- The local community is trying to understand why three of their own, young people with so much life to live, were killed.

The triple murder rocked Bent Mountain, and the business where they all worked.

A community of broken hearts and memories packed Bent Mountain Bistro for a candlelight vigil Wednesday night.

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Family, friends and co-workers reflected on the lives of 18-year-old Miranda Trump, 20-year-old Brandon Dekle, and 21-year-old Cole Kennedy.

The three worked at the restaurant.

Dekle's cousins were there to share their memories of him.

"He would always try to make me like, fit in, and never leave me out," Alexa Pappacoda said.

"I didn't matter how rude you were to him or anything, he always loved you for who you were," Jade Joslyn said.

The three were shot and killed at a home nearby.

Now those closest to them struggle to make sense of their senseless deaths, lighting candles to represent the brightness they brought to the community.

Friends of Miranda Trump say it will be tough to carry on.

"She honestly was just the whole reason why I was able to stay happy these last two years," Lochlyn Dunton said of Trump.

They said the bond all three shared will live on.

"They were all great people, they all had great energy, and they made Miranda feel like family when she came to the Bistro," Dunton said.

They say the three have moved on from this world, but they'll always be there with them, in their hearts.

The Bistro is raising funds for the funeral costs for the three victims, which you can donate to here.

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