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Funeral arrangements set for Elkhart shooting victim Rachelle Godfread

Funeral arrangements have been set for one of the two women killed in a Martin's Super Market Store on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

Posted on Jan. 18, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 18, 2014 at 8:17 a.m.

ELKHART — Funeral arrangements have been set for one of the two women killed in a shooting at a Martin's Super Market grocery store on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Rachelle Godfread, 44, was shopping at the store at the time of the shooting.

The visitation is scheduled to be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, 700 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart.

The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation at 2 p.m.

The family has requested that no media attend either the visitation or the funeral service.

Godfread had recently moved back to Elkhart and was ready to refresh her life in her hometown, Jenee Pritt, a lifelong friend, said.

Pritt remembers Godfread as a warm, loving person. The two grew up together and spent many summer days riding bicycles, swimming and eating "Michigan cherries" candy in their childhood.

“Rachelle was a beautiful soul, full of positive energy. She was harmless," Pritt said. "The one thing about Rachelle is you never heard anything mean from her. She had such an infectious smile and had a giggle I'll always remember.”

Godfread's son, Joe Godfread, is a student and plays basketball at IU South Bend. During the Titans' home game against Robert Morris University at 2 p.m. Saturday, the school plans on holding a moment of silence "in honor of Rachelle Godfread and in support of Joe," Ken Baierl, IUSB spokesperson, said.

The United Way of Elkhart County established a memorial fund for Godfread at Old National Bank. Anyone wishing to give a donation may stop in to any Michiana branch of the bank.

A candlelight vigil honoring the victims and survivors of the shooting is planned for Saturday night.

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