Vigil for doctor allegedly killed by neighbor

Posted at 4:55 AM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 06:55:04-04

A day after a shooting in a Centennial neighborhood, the community remembered Dr. Kenneth Atkinson - and the two other victims who are recovering - with a candlelight vigil in a park not far from where Atkinson died.

Hundreds gathered for prayer and song in remembrance of Atkinson, who tried to stop the shooter, and to pray for the healing and recovery of the other victims.

"It's just a beautiful outpouring of love and support for all those affected," said Steve Stemper, deacon at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Centennial. 

The vigil was filled with candlelight, hugs and signs of support.

The accused shooter attended Stemper's church.

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"Just like everybody does in a situation like this, well - what could I have done differently? It's just heartbreaking knowing that someone else is the victim of his darkness," he told Denver7.

Also Tuesday, the staff at Atkinson's office went to work and opened their doors to patients. They said it was what the doctor would have wanted.

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