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One year later, community hasn't forgotten Nancy Krapfl

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Thursday, Sept. 1 marks exactly one year since Nancy Krapfl was sexually abused and beaten to death near Jackson Park in Dubuque.

Family, friends, and strangers all gathered Thursday night in Jackson Park to remember the 66-year-old, who's alleged killer told police she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I don't think anyone in the community forgot about it or forgets about it. I drive by it everyday to go home, and it just keeps renewing in my head, like it just happened," said Jeff Montgomery, Sr., the vigil's organizer.

The news of the murder spread wide and fast, prompting many who didn't know Nancy to show up Thursday to honor her memory.

"We were just saddened that it happened, and to such a good person like her, even though we didn't know her," said Rosie Timmerman, who traveled with her sisters from Wisconsin.

Dubuque police officers, fire department members, and even the chief of police attending the vigil Thursday night.

Her family expressed their gratitude to everyone who showed up.

"It's the fact that this community has not forgotten who she is," Sue Wulfekuhle, Nancy's niece, said.

She says her family was touched by the support.

The vigil ended as the crowd released balloons to the heavens, one last way to honor Nancy's memory.

"It was such a senseless thing," Wulfekuhle said. "It really wasn't a good reason why it happened. But it did, and there's not a thing we can do about it, except pray it doesn't happen again."

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