Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Hundreds of people gathered at a public vigil tonight to say goodbye and honor the memory of Lori Bresnahan, the school librarian who was killed in the Town of Clay three months ago, after she left a class at the mall.
Many are still hurting from the shock of her murder and it was the goal of Bresnahan’s family to help heal some of those wounds Wednesday night.
"There have been good days and bad days and everyday is a part of the healing process. I think for the family to see all these people who cared about Lori is probably helping them also,” said William Cregg, who tried to rescue Bresnahan that night in the mall parking lot.
Cregg was passing by when she was attacked and he stopped to call for help.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Lori,” Cregg said.
Cregg is now an extended part of the family that includes Mary Holland, Bresnahan’s cousin.
“There is really no way to describe out of such a horrendous situation the comfort that we took from knowing that there were people with her. That someone was holding her hand. That she knew it would be okay,” Holland said.
The first State Troopers on the scene that night stood among the crowd of mourners months later. Those who witness the worst of humanity were forever changed by one call for help.
“I have 21 years as a State Trooper and I have never seen anything as close to evil as I did on that night,” said Jeff Cicora with the New York State Police.
“You couldn't help but to think, it could have been your own family,” Cicora said.
James Issakainen with the New York State Police said the incident put his own life in perceptive.
“It has made me appreciate my own family. It has made me appreciate my kids. I was already vigilant, but now I am a little more vigilant I think,” Issakainen said.
The troopers still wear the bracelets Lori's family gave them, a constant reminder to keep that vigilance burning.
If you'd like to honor Lori Bresnahan's memory, her family encourages the donation of books, in her name, to local libraries.