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Friends hold vigil in Navarre to remember Alabama murder-suicide victims

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Dozens of friends linked arms and joined together in prayer Thursday night at Navarre Park.

They were remembering a family torn apart by a horrific act of domestic violence.

"I have re-read every article three, four, six times everyday since this has happened trying to wrap my reality around it," said a family friend, Donna Stapleton.

Robert Orsi shot and killed his wife, Charlene Orsi, outside their Alabama home.

He then went inside his home, lined up his three 12-year-old triplets on the floor and shot them all multiple times.

Two of the triplets and a 13-year-old daughter were able to escape.

One of the triplets, Cadence, didn't make it.

The family once lived in Navarre a few years ago.

Thursday night friends mourned the lives lost, and prayed for the journey the surviving children have ahead of them.


"I'm emotional about it because I can't imagine what these girls went through, let alone Charly, but those girls... and what they're gonna deal with for the rest of their lives," Stapleton said.

Charlene was well-known in the area. She was a teacher at Holley-Navarre Intermediate School.

Her former co-workers came together. Many were still too upset to go on camera, but they did share the fond memories they had together.

Some people at the vigil also called for more mental health support in the area.

"The kids, the house fire. This is such a horrific tragedy and we will never know if it could have been prevented," Stapleton added.

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