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Hundreds gather for candlelight vigil in Bo Kirk's honor

Hundreds gather for candlelight vigil in Bo Kirk's honor

POST FALLS, Idaho - It was a somber night in Post Falls, as friends and family gathered to remember the life of Bo Kirk.

Several hundred people showed up at Northwest Specialty Hospital for a candlelight vigil. The hospital is where Kirk worked, and is also the last place he was seen alive.

"We're a family here," said Rick Rasmussen, CEO of Northwest Specialty Hospital. "We're not a number, we're a family and Bo's part of our family and his family's part of our family, and we need to do anything we can do to help out."

Many people used the term family man to describe Bo. Even people who weren't related to him say he felt more like family.

"He was always there, making his jokes. But, it's just like losing a brother," said Rea Donkersloot who has been friends with the family since they were children.

Donkersloot says she remembers a man who was always ready to make you laugh. She says Bo liked to cause trouble with her at school, but he always managed to make it out unscathed.

"He was kind of a joker," she said. "He is a joker, but he was behind the scenes. And he never got caught, but I always got caught."

Northwest Specialty Hospital said it decided to put together the candlelight vigil after hearing the devastating news that Bo's body had been found near Hayden Lake. But, the hospital said it wanted to make sure the focus wasn't on the evil acts that occurred.

"It was about Bo tonight. We didn't make it about hatred, we made it about Bo and his family and our family, our Northwest family," said Rasmussen.

Bo's family says they now want to see justice served. Today, Post Falls Police released a second surveillance video showing two people inside Bo's truck, withdrawing money from a U.S. Bank in Hayden. Post Falls Police are now on the hunt for those two people.


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