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Prayer Vigil Honors Victim of Murder-Suicide

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A site of violence is once again being reclaimed in the name of peace.

On Thursday evening, friends and family gathered outside of the home on West 17th and Plum Streets to honor 41-year-old Erica Casto.

"She was just so amazing...it's hard to lose a sister like that," said Casto's sister April Warner.  "She was more than a mother, a sister, a grandmother, an aunt.  She was our best friend.  So it's hard for me."

According to police, on the night of February 15, Casto was shot and killed by her boyfriend,  identified as 43-year-old Christopher Allen.  Police say he then took his own life.

"It is a terrible tragedy," said Warner.  "My nieces and nephews lost their mother and father and it's hard for us...trying to get through it."

This is the second Take Back the Site prayer vigil of the year.  But, the overall message remains the same.

"It's to make people aware of what's happening," said Sister Bernadette Bell of the Erie Mercy Sisters.  "To pray for the family, to pray for the individual, and hopefully that people will begin to realize that we have to do something."

That support, is helping Casto's family cope with her death.

"We very grateful for the support and the blessings from everyone," said Warner.  "They're total strangers.  So, that let us know that there is a lot of people out here besides us that care too."

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