Attendees to a candlelight vigil for six that were killed during a City Council meeting in City Hall ten years ago, try to keep their flames going in Kirkwood, Missouri on February 7, 2018.

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Vigil Remembers Victims of Kirkwood Shooting

February 08, 2018 - 9:33 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Last night, Kirkwood held a vigil to mark ten years since a man named "Cookie" Thornton stormed into City Hall and started shooting. Six people lost their lives.

Mayor Tim Griffin noted that so many in attendance survived that room. He says the vigil was for them, for the community who pulled together.

"Most especially, tonight is for remembering those who were killed tat night, and my message to their families is simple that please know we have not forgotten them, and we remember them by their names," he said. Sgt. Bill Biggs, officer Tom Ballman, councilwoman Connie Karr, councilman Mike Lynch, public works director Kenneth Yost, and Mayor Mike Swoboda.

At the vigil, Deputy Mayor Paul Ward noted how violence has only become more common in our society since ''Kirkwood':

"All these grotesque acts are perpetuated by emotionally disturbed people. We need to recognize people in distress and make greater investments in mental health services," he said.