Fair vendors remember slain couple from Wichita

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KWCH) Two fair vendors are absent from this year's Kansas State Fair.
Alfred and Pauline Carpenter, carnival vendors from Wichita, were found dead in a shallow Arkansas grave back in July, just days after they disappeared from The Barton County Fair.

Four people have been arrested in the case.

"This year it's really new," said the Carpenters' friend, Tammy Railsback. "It's the first year without them here, so yea, I think we're all thinking about that."

Railsback says she's devastated and on edge.

"The most nice, caring and loving," Railsback describes the couple. "Al was really talkative. I don't think he knew a stranger, so about the sweetest people you will ever meet."

Friends said someone put a memorial in the spot where the couple normally had their booth at The Kansas State Fair.

Railsback said she doesn't know the four carnival workers, accused of dumping their bodies in Arkansas.

"I think we're all a little on edge this year because we just, that's in the back of our minds," said Railsback.

She says she wants justice for her friends.

"I walked down, and I saw the memorial, and it really hit home for me, I mean, automatically just tears and emotion, and a lot of us here, for somebody to put that there. I don't even know who did that, but that just tells you what kind of people they were, how much we love them here at the fair. Really, it's just an empty spot in our hearts," said Railsback.