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Classmates and friends of slain Perham sophomore Tabitha Belmonte gathered Thursday night for a candlelit memorial. Photo by Chris Happel for the Focus.

Perham community gathers Thursday night to honor Belmonte

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More than 100 friends, classmates and family members gathered under a cloudless sky on Thursday night for a candlelit memorial on the front lawn of the Perham High School to honor slain sophomore Tabitha Belmonte.


Perham High School social worker Courtney Rooney led the vigil. Rooney said she knew Belmonte well and looked forward to Monday morning meetings with her. Rooney said she hoped Belmonte's spirit could help her make sense of the tragedy.

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