Vigil held for high school student, school secretary in Norton

NORTON, Kan. (KWCH) Tuesday evening

A tight-knit community Tuesday evening gathered at Norton's Rock Conference Center for a vigil honoring a high school student and a elementary school secretary who both died one day apart.

Norton County deputies found 38-year-old Lori Shields dead in her home in rural Norton Sunday afternoon. Police in Cape Girardeu, Mo. arrested her husband for murder this week.

On Monday, Norton High School sophomore Thunder Linner died in a farming accident.

Tuesday night's vigil lasted for about one hour. There were many hugs, tears and praying for the families of Shileds and Linner. Among dozens gathered were friends, family, and staff and students from the school district.

A pastor at the vigil said Tuesday night was the beginning process of healing for the community. At the vigil, we learned a little bit more about Shields and Linner, both whom were involved with the high school's wrestling team.

Linner received an award Sunday for Most Improved Wrestler on the team. His coach says he always gave "1,000 percent."

We also learned Shields helped raise money for the wrestling team as her son is a member of the Norton High School squad.

Shields also spent time helping those in need, managing the Haven House, a place for people to stay while visiting loved ones at the prison in Norton.

Shields' friend, Sheri Mayes says she's going to miss the bond she and Shields had, but she also mourns for other families across the region to whom she says her friend meant so much.

Mayes says the Haven House will continue its service and anyone needing that assistance or who may be interested in the service can call 785-475-4369.

Friends and family gathered Tuesday night say both Shields and Linner made people laugh and smile.

Funeral services for Linner and Shields are set for Saturday (April 13) and next Tuesday (April 16) respectively.

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Tuesday afternoon

Schoolmates have identified a teen killed in a farming accident in Norton County as Norton High School sophomore, Thunder Linner.

One student we talked to at the school said Thunder was a funny person.

His death comes a day after Lori Shields, Eisenhower Elementary School Secretary, was found dead in her rural Norton home. Her husband was arrested in her death.

Community members will gather Tuesday evening for a vigil at Norton's Rock Conference Center.

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Tuesday morning

A Norton County teen is dead after a farming machine accident Monday evening.

According to Norton County Sheriff Troy Thompson, his office received a call at around 9:25 p.m. from a concerned parent.

The parent said their son had been doing chores, but could not be found.

Norton County Deputies arrived at the home and discovered the teen had been involved in an accident with some farming equipment.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The teen's name has not been released.