Memorial held for Bean Station pharmacy shooting victims

Memorial held for Bean Station pharmacy shooting victims

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Friends, family and community members gathered to remember Stephen Lovell and Richard Sommerville just blocks away from the place where their lives were tragically taken one year ago. Friends, family and community members gathered to remember Stephen Lovell and Richard Sommerville just blocks away from the place where their lives were tragically taken one year ago.
They also planted two trees in the town's new park that the mayor hopes will serve as a reminder of what was lost for many years to come They also planted two trees in the town's new park that the mayor hopes will serve as a reminder of what was lost for many years to come
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

BEAN STATION (WATE) - Friday marked one year since the deadly Down Home Pharmacy shooting in Bean Station that claimed the lives of two people.

Investigators say on May 23, 2013, Jason Holt tried stealing prescription pills from the pharmacy. Police say Holt shot four people, killing pharmacy owner Stephen Lovell of Morristown and Richard Sommerville of Bean Station.

Friends, family and community members gathered to remember Stephen Lovell and Richard Sommerville just blocks away from the place where their lives were tragically taken one year ago.

"It was great that everyone came out today to show support for our families," said Robert Frick.

Frick has relied heavily on that support over the last 12 months as he and his family have adjusted to life without his father-in-law, Richard Sommerville.

"Every time I come in the front door I look at his chair and use to seeing him sit there in his big bright orange shirt and his Tennessee hat and there's an emptiness now," said Frick.

Mayor Terry Wolfe says he hoped to help fill some of that emptiness with the memorial.

"I felt like the community needed it," said Mayor Terry Wolfe. "You can't say you've got to have closure, because you can never put closure to this, but it helps the community heal as well as the family of the victims."

They also planted two trees in the town's new park that the mayor hopes will serve as a reminder of what was lost for many years to come. Frick hopes as time goes by, people will focus on the victims lives rather than how they were lost.

"Not something that he got shot and killed, but that he was family man," said Frick. "He was a dad just like me."

Jason Holt's trial is scheduled to start September 30.

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