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Family and Friends Hold Vigil for Stabbing Victim

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Weston, Wis. (WAOW) -- A life taken too soon, remembered on Wednesday by those who knew and loved her.

"We were always there for each other, I could always count on my sister. These people are all here because my sister touched their hearts," said Susan Gurno, the sister of the victim.

Renee (Caird) Hines was found dead in the early morning hours of April 23rd, confirmed by her family to be the victim of a stabbing.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, police encountered a man at the scene and shot him during that confrontation. That man is now in critical condition.

But Gurno says that's not how people will remember Renee.

"There's people here that are telling me stories of the things that Renee did for them. That was her life, was just loving and caring and wanting a smile on everyone's face," she said.

She says Renee was always willing to be there for other people, even those she'd only just met.

"She had the biggest heart. She would help anybody. If it was the shirt on her back, she would give it to you," she said.

One of those people was Jennifer Kasper, a friend and coworker who worked at the R-Store with Renee.

"She was a good friend. She helped me in times when I needed help, and she helped my children grow stronger and move forward," she said.

Kasper says she'll remember the little moments she shared with Renee.

"She was always out there holding a cup of coffee waiting for us to come join her. We'd watch the sunrise or we'd watch it rain."

Authorities have not confirmed the identities of anyone involved in the case or a motive.

The investigation still ongoing.

Natalie Sopyla

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