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Community Remembers Shooting Victims

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Two days after Alan Frazier opened fire inside a doctor's office, the community remembered the victims and their families in a few ways Thursday.

Dozens of people came out to Pickett Park across from the Renown Regional Medical Center campus for a candlelight vigil put on by the Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church. They honored the victims of Tuesday's shooting, the late Dr. Charles "Garo" Gholdoian, Dr. Christine Lajeunesse and 20-year old Shawntae Spears.

"These doctors touch a lot of lives," said Pastor Howard Dotson. "For all those who've been traumatized by violence is an opportunity to re-commit ourselves to be peacemakers.

Dr. Gholdoian's brother-in-law, Greg Dean, spoke on behalf of the family about what a man everyone knew as Garo was.

"I'm here to love a man I care for," he said. "It's tragic and heart-breaking what the family is having to go through today... Let this be the last stupid death in the country. What a waste to such an amazing human being who cared greatly for those he served in the community and elsewhere."

While tears were shed here, some also made the crowd laugh including one of Dr. Gholdoian's former patients.

"He was one of the funniest guys I know," he said. "If you ever went in for a prostate exam, he made you feel very comfortable. (crowd laughs)"

I talked with Mary Cardwell who came out because of what Dr. Lajeunesse means to her. She found and got rid of cancer in Cardwell's body.

"She did a major surgery on me a year and a half ago," she said. "It really saved my life."

While these doctors mean so much for their patients, they also mean a lot to their colleagues at work.

Earlier in the day, Renown held a press conference for the Dr. Gholdoian's long-time friends to remember him as a great man who was a food, wine and music connoisseur. They also talked about how he beat cancer when he was in medical school.

"He lived life to the fullest," said Dr. Peter Lim, with Renown Institute for Cancer Gynecologic Oncology. "He really, really did, and I think it's because of what he's been through."

"We can replace the position of another physician in our corporation and in the community, but we'll never replace the person who was Garo."

Two funds have been established at Wells Fargo for the victims of Tuesday's shooting.

From Renown.org:
The "December 17 Patient Support Fund" will benefit Shawntae Spears, Dr. Lajeunesse and their families as they recover. 
The "Dr. Gholdoian Memorial Fund" will benefit charitable causes chosen by the Gholdoian family.
Contributions can be made at any Wells Fargo branch or online through Wells Fargo online banking.  
The "December 17 Patient Support Fund" is account #3345174621.
The "Dr. Gholdoian Memorial Fund" is account #3345174613.
For questions, contact Jenna Moffat at Renown Health, at 775-982-5361.

 

 

 

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