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Community holds vigil for double murder victims


About a hundred neighbors from the Windsor Forest subdivision and surrounding Harrisburg community gathered at Saturday night to show support for the families of two murder victims.

Investigators say Anthony Hardy fired on 64-year old Gary Stocks and 42-year old Daniel Kirchner in Kirchner's backyard. The two victims lived on each side of Hardy's house on a cul-de-sac in a subdivision of dozens of homes about a mile from Interstate 485 in Harrisburg.

The vigil lasted bout 15 minutes. The mayor of Harrisburg spoke, a prayer was said and the crowd sang Amazing Grace.

Neighbors continue to call the shooting "senseless." Neighbor Judy Porson and her husband Ed set up a memorial fund for Stock and Kirchner. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch under the Gary Stocks Memorial Fund or Daniel Kirchner Memorial Fund. Porson told WBTV she doesn't understand why the shooting happened. She says the idea that it stemmed from a dispute over trees is "not true."

Porson says Stocks was a friend to the alleged shooter Anthony Hardy and that Stocks would routinely check on Hardy because Hardy lived alone.

"People are still trying to sort out there emotions. From a community stand point our town is here. The community is a small knit community. We are like a family. When one hurts, we all hurt. The good thing about Harrisburg is we pull together and we're here for support," Harrisburg Mayor Tim Hagler said.

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