Emotional Vigil for Murdered Clymer Superintendent Keith Reed

11:14 AM, Sep 27, 2012   |    comments
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SALAMANCA, N.Y. -- More than 300 people gathered inside the Clymer United Methodist Church Wednesday night to pray for Superintendent Keith Reed, Jr., and his family and lay hands on the faculty, staff and students who miss him dearly.

Reed was found shot to death near his Clymer home Monday.

"In a small town everybody knows everybody and everybody comes together in any type of crisis no matter what it is," said Findley Lake resident Cindy Guffey. "That's just what we do."

One by one, families walked into the church to find solace there. Chassity Neckers, Community Coordinator for United Methodist Church, said it was her chance to say goodbye to someone who should still be here.

"There's definitely questions, she said. "It's hard not to have them. We may never have the answers."


Wednesday was supposed to be the night for the Clymer School District's open house. But with its leader found brutally murdered at him home earlier this week, school officials felt it best to cancel the activities and have the community gather to remember Reed instead.

2 On Your Side's Melissa Holmes asked Pastor Carolyn Stow of the Clymer United Methodist Church what she's telling people who are grieving in the community.


"What we're telling folks is that God knows what's going on" Stow responded. "And that we know that God has got a good plan for everything and our Lord can take the evils of man and convert them into His glory."


They prayed for healing to begin and their brokenness restored. And they prayed to carry on Keith Reid's legacy.

"He was a very nice man and he was a very fair man," Guffey said. "He didn't deserve this. No one deserves this. It's crazy and I just hope we catch whoever did this horrific deed."

Inside the pastor also prayed that the community find forgiveness in their hearts even though they don't know who to forgive.


Calling hours will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home in Salamanca.

Funeral services will be held on Friday in the United Congregational Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Reed will be laid to rest at Crawford Cemetery in Salamanca, his hometown.

And a memorial service for Reed will be held Monday evening at the school.

Meantime, as police continue to look for a killer, life will try to get back to normal in Clymer.



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