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Rally and candlelight vigil held for April Kauffman

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LINWOOD -

Described as a bittersweet evening by those in attendance, members of the community met at the Linwood bike bath to reflect on the life of April Kauffman.

"She was a doer. She got things done," said close friend Lee Darby.

"She didn't take no for an answer and she was just a special person. She was there to help anyone who needed help."

Many people took to the microphone Friday evening to share their memories of April one year after her murder.

And while friends say the evening provided some degree of closure, they say peace will not be achieved until the person or persons responsible come forward.

"I think they need to admit they did this and that would be a big thing, to give the people the closure they should get cause either way, you're going down," said friend of April Joseph Rullo.

With April's daughter Kim in attendance, the creation of justice for April Kauffman fund was announced with several guests pledging to donate money once the charity was established.

The charity will raise reward money for answers, something that guests say April's husband, noticeably absent, Jim failed to do.

"If it was up to me, or if it had been my spouse, I certainly would have immediately offered a huge reward," said Darby.

And while the shock of April's death is still difficult for those who were closest to her. . .

"Nothing can ever replace April, she is going to be missed for ever," said Darby.

"Its devastating to me, in my lifetime I have never met anyone with the energy she has," said Rullo.

Friends, family and the lives she touched hope that answers are around the corner and questions will be answered by next year's anniversary.

"The hope is to meet in a courtroom. Absolutely," said Darby.

"Absolutely I'd love to meet in a courtroom."

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