Vigil held for slain exchange student
May 2, 2014
MISSOULA (AP) — More than 100 people carrying candles held a vigil Friday in the Montana city where a 17-year-old German exchange student was gunned down in a homeowner's garage.
The gathering for Diren Dede brought scores of people to the Fort Missoula soccer fields, where balloons with German and American colors were displayed for the somber memorial.
Dede was an all-state soccer player for Big Sky High School. He started playing soccer the day he arrived in Missoula in August and quickly made friends, said Kate Walker and Randy Smith, who hosted Dede during the school year.
The home of Markus Kaarma, the 29-year-old homeowner accused of shooting into his dark garage Sunday and killing Dede, had a new sign posted: "No Solicitors."
(Details in Monday's Havre Daily News.)