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A sign asking community members to join in prayer and remembrance was erected outside of the Martin's Super Market where the shooting occurred Wednesday, Jan. 15. (Truth photo by Jennifer Shephard)
5 things to know for your Friday in Indiana

Posted on Jan. 17, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 17, 2014 at 7:27 a.m.

1. The Elkhart Truth's complete coverage of the Martin's Super Market shooting

Late Wednesday, Jan. 15, a gunman walked into Martin's Super Market on Bristol Street in Elkhart and killed an employee and a customer. The next morning, the details of the tragedy emerged, and community mourned the lives of the victims, 20-year-old Krystle Dikes and 44-year-old Rachelle Godfread.

We've combined all of our stories about the incident, the victims, the community's response and the gunman, 22-year-old Shawn Bair, here.

2. Teen involved in dog's fireworks death sentenced to prison time

Sixteen-year-old Marquis Gary was sentenced to a combined 17 years in prison Thursday, Jan. 16, for an armed robbery charge and felony animal cruelty charge. The latter stemmed from a July incident in which Gary threw a firework at a dog. The firework exploded in the dog's mouth, and it had to be euthanized.

Gary pleaded guilty to both charges in December.

3. Martin's Grocery Stores CEO releases heartfelt statement

As details of the shooting at Martin's Elkhart store began to emerge, the company's Facebook page was flooded with messages of sympathy and support.

Early Friday morning, Jan. 17, Martin's CEO Rob Bartels shared an equally heartfelt message on the company's Facebook page thanking the community for its loyalty. You can read it here.

4. County seeking survey responses on area's housing condition and needs

Local governments and housing agencies have teamed together with the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development to release a survey to county residents that will help identify the area's housing needs.

The survey will be available here until Feb. 15.

5. Candlelight vigil planned for victims of Martin's shooting

Community members have organized a candlelight vigil to honor the victims and survivors of the Martin's Super Market shooting.

"We just want to focus on the families," the organizer, who wishes to remain anonymous, said. "We don't need credit for it."

Click here to see when and where the vigil will be held.