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Candlelight vigil held for Katie Weber-Kuhl

Posted at 11:38 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 00:38:45-04

Four days after her murder, family and friends gathered at Glenwood Lake Park to remember 18-year-old Katie Weber-Kuhl. 

A couple hundred people wore purple, Katie's favorite color, and lit up candles and reflected on her life. 

Across town a makeshift memorial with teddy bears, flowers and a note lay next to a building where she worked.

The Mills County Sheriffs Office says Weber-Kuhl was murdered by her ex-boyfriend when he was in town from Ohio Saturday,confronting her at work.

Authorities say 27-year-old Mark Troutman is the murder suspect confessing to a woman at a hotel.

Off camera KMTV spoke with the nightshift manager who talked with Troutman before she called police and took his gun away.

She tells KMTV she's shaken up by this whole situation and doesn't want to re-live it. 

She had a friend relationship with him based on days he would stay there when in Glenwood.

Troutman is charged with first degree murder and has a 5-million dollar bond at the mills county jail.