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Community celebrates life of Boulder shooting victim from Mentor in touching vigil

Lynn Murray Mentor Boulder shooting victim
Posted at 7:34 PM, Mar 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-27 19:49:50-04

MENTOR, Ohio — The Mentor High School class of 1977 celebrated the life of Lynn Murray on Saturday morning. Murray was one of 10 victims killed in a shooting at a Boulder, Colorado grocery store on Monday.

“It really sinks home that ‘gosh that could be anyone that it happens to,” said Monique LaFortune, Murray’s classmate and a fellow member of the Class of 1977.

Murray went on to Ohio University after graduating from Mentor High School, working as a photo director before retiring.

“She was so full of life,” said Evelyn Kiffmeyer. “Just a very happy go lucky person who wanted to make everyone else around her happy. “

Kiffmeyer’s son was married to Murray's sister. She said her family couldn’t believe the news when they found out Murray was one of the victims.

“It was just like a bad dream,” Kiffmeyer said. “You don’t ever think it’s going to happen to your own family.”

Murray was working as a personal shopper for the online grocery service Instacart when the shooting happened.

“We may have all gone our separate ways, but she’s loved and remembered and a part of a very tight-knit community,” LaFortune said.

Flowers were laid in honor of Lynn near the school’s welcome sign. Mourners shared stories and held pictures of the 62-year-old while standing near an American flag that flew at half-mast to honor the shooting victims.

“Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal. Lynn was part of that family,” LaFortune said. “She’d been part of this community since she was in elementary school. There are so many of us that have fond memories of her. This is just such a tragedy.”

Instacart founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta released the following statement:

Today, we mourn the devastating loss of a member of the Instacart shopper community. Our deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of all those impacted by this shooting, as well as the King Soopers family and the community of Boulder. Violence of any kind has no place in our society, and our teams are working with law enforcement and the King Soopers team to assist in any way we can. We’ve reached out to the shopper’s family to offer our support and resources during this unimaginably difficult time. For those members of our community who were shopping in the Boulder area, we’re also ensuring they’re able to take the time they need to grieve and recover from yesterday’s tragic events.

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