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Balloons released in memory of woman killed in gas station shooting

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -
It's been several days since Abel's Quik Shop clerk Adrienne Arnett was tragically murdered in Hannibal, but Monday evening her memory lived on. 
 
At 4p.m., dozens of coworkers, family members, and people of the community gathered to remember Adrienne Arnett. Dozens of balloons were released in her memory.
 
It's been a rough week for employees at Abel's Quik Shop.

"People coming in and asking repeatedly, and saying sorry repeatedly - it hurts the most. We know that everyone is sorry, but it doesn't anything at all," said Courtney Harrison.

"It's hard. It's hard going on in there, but we know she wouldn't want us to give up," said Tina Baggett.

Meanwhile, out-of-town family members came to Hannibal to say good-bye. "We are far removed from Hannibal, so it's been a very, very dreadful occurrence," said Adrienne Arnett's younger brother Mark Pencek. 

And so an idea was born. "We planned it here, while we were at work, it was just something we came up with and we didn't think we had enough time to tell everybody so we were trying to get it out to everybody. We were giving everybody flyers, we put it on the counters, we taped it to our doors, we took it around to our other stations," explained Baggett.

But the outpouring of support was more than they expected - dozens of Adrienne's co-workers and friends, as well as out-of-town family - came out for the special tribute. Pencek says it made him remember all of the wonderful things about his sister. "She loved most people, she loved all people who crossed her path. She approached life with an artistic endeavor, she'll always be an artist to me," he said.

Her co-workers shared similar stories. "She was really sweet, she was really nice, she loved her dogs - she always talked about her dogs," said Baggett.

Both family and friends say - they were proud to celebrate her memory.

"Just need to look forward in life and realize how fragile our existence is," said Pencek.



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