1. Hundreds attend a candlelight vigil to support Martin's Super Market shooting victims
About 300 people braved the cold and snow to attend a candlelight vigil honoring and supporting the families of Krystle Dikes and Rachelle Godfread, the two victims of a tragic shooting at an Elkhart Martin's Super Market on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Dikes' family spoke at the vigil, as well as Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore. Among the attendants were the Elkhart police officers who responded to the shooting and Sen. Joe Donnelly.
Marieanne Gingerich, a woman attending the vigil who graduated with Godfread from Elkhart Central High School, said described her as sweet and innocent. She, too, was not surprised to see the number of people out at the vigil.
“Elkhart will always be a strong place,” she said. “They support one another through thick and thin.”
2. Funeral arrangements are set for Rachelle Godfread and Krystle Dikes
Funeral arrangements for Godfread are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, 700 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, followed immediately by a funeral service at 2 p.m.
Visitation for Dikes is from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at First Baptist Church, 53953 C.R. 17, Bristol. An hour of visitation will precede the funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, also at the church.
3. Godfread's son plays in IUSB basketball game on Saturday
Joe Godfread, the son of one of the two women killed by a shooter at an Elkhart Martin's Super Market on Wednesday, Jan. 15, played in his university's basketball game Saturday afternoon.
Thursday night, Jan. 17, Joe Godfread told his coach, Scott Cooper, that he would like to play in Saturday's game against Robert Morris University, Ken Baierl, IUSB spokesperson, said.
IUSB held a moment of silence in honor of Rachelle Godfread and in support of Joe Godfread prior to the game.
During the game, Joe Godfread scored nine points, made two rebounds and had three blocked shots. IUSB lost to Robert Morris 84-71.
4. 73-year-old man who died in hit-and-run crash identified
The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department said that Frank L. Nelson of Elkhart was attempting to walk across U.S. 33 when he was hit by a car driven by Kent Phouangmalay. Nelson was taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Phouangmalay, 21, of Elkhart, continued driving after hitting the man. Two off-duty police officers witnessed the crash and immediately responded. One chased down Phouangmalay, who police say was found to be in possession of marijuana.
He was arrested on preliminary felony charges of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident, police records show.
He is being held without bond at Elkhart County Jail.
5. Funeral arrangements announced for gunman in Martin's Super Market shooting
Visitation for Shawn Walter Bair, the man who police say shot and killed two women at a local grocery store, has been scheduled.
Friends and loved ones may join the family from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, 700 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. The funeral home has asked the Elkhart Police Department to provide security for the visitation, but they have not received official confirmation.