City of Nevis orders flags at half-staff in honor of shooting victims

Published: Feb. 18, 2019 at 11:54 AM CST
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Flags will be flown at half-staff this week in honor of the people killed in Nevis last week.

The Assistant Mayor Rich Johnson sent out a news release urging people to the community to be kind to one another during this incredibly difficult time.

Almost 300 people attended a vigil for Candi Goochey and Heidi Pierce. Police say the two sisters were killed by their brother-in-law Bryce Bellomo.

Family members say Bellomo opened fire on both sisters while they were inside their vehicle outside a home.

He then drove off in their vehicle with one of the sisters still in the passenger seat.

Bellomo's car later went into the ditch, and officials stated he got out of his vehicle and continued firing at officers. Bellomo then returned to his car, and that is where he died.

Johnson says tragedies like these profoundly impact communities for a long time. Johnson asks the community to temper their actions with kindness and compassion by offering words of encouragement and healing.

The Nevis School District is expected to release a response on Tuesday.