CRESWELL, Ore. - A candle light vigil will be held tonight for the 92-year-old woman that was murdered in Creswell.
Her body was found earlier this week in her home on Creswood Drive. Police arrested a 12-year-boy in connection to her death.
The boy had his first court appearance on Friday at the Serbu Detention Center in Eugene. He faces charges of murder and burglary, and will be detained there for his next court hearing.
While we wait for his next hearing, we get to learn more about Erma Burnell, and who she was.
We spoke to Mayor Richard Zettervall, of Creswell. He says he's never seen any crime like this in his six years of living in Creswell.
“I share their grief, the whole community shares their grief,” said Zettervall. “I think that will be very evident tonight in this candle light vigil. I'm anticipating a large turnout. I think it shows, you know, how much Creswell cares. We are said to be the friendly city, but I think tonight might demonstrate that we are the caring city."
The mayor says he thanks the Lane County Sheriff's Office for their quick response to the shocking tragedy that happened.
The candle light vigil is taking place at 7 p.m. tonight at the Harry Holt Memorial Park in Creswell. The public is invited to attend.