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Vigil Held For Woman Found Killed Near Dunbar

Reported: Feb. 14, 2014 11:41 PM EST
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DUNBAR, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio) – It was an emotional Valentine's Day for a Kanawha County family after Tanya Payne, a young mother of five children was found dead in the river near Dunbar on Monday.

Family and friends celebrated her life Friday night with a vigil at the Dunbar Plaza shopping Center.

There was not a dry eye among the roughly 50 or so people who turned out to light a candle and say a prayer for Payne.

There were also five white bows representing her five children.

Her family said she will not be forgotten, and they are hoping that, by coming together to lean on one another, it will help them heal.

"It's hard,” Tracy Payne, Tanya Payne’s sister, said. “It's really hard, to know that somebody could just take her life like that, in the blink of an eye, and toss her over the hillside like she's nothing. She's somebody to us!”

Bobby Kanode, 55, admitted to Dunbar police that he killed Payne by suffocating her last Friday and then dumped her body in the river on Saturday.

The two were in a relationship.



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