EL RENO — About 300 people gathered Thursday night in the bitter cold outside Summer Rust’s apartment, huddling together for warmth and support during a candlelight prayer vigil to remember the El Reno woman and her four children.
Friends and family of Rust, 25, gathered just yards away from where her body, and those of her four children, were found Monday afternoon. Some of the mourners stopped first on Rust’s porch to add to a growing pile of signs, toys and mementos left in memory of the family.
The somber ceremony started with convocation by a pastor and an American Indian memorial song, played on a wooden flute. The mourners also sang Christian hymns, prayed and observed five minutes of silence, one minute for each victim, in the 17-degree temperature at Elizabeth Place Apartment Homes, 1955 S Shepard Ave.
Rust’s mother, Susan Rust of Carson City, Nev., arrived late to the vigil and was quickly surrounded by dozens of supporters. Susan Rust stopped every few inches, it seemed, for another hug and whispered words of support. Each mourner wore a pained look, embracing her tightly in the starlit stillness.
Also gathered were members of Jason Garas’ family. Garas, Summer Rust’s ex-husband, is the father of Evynn Garas, 3, one of the four slain children.
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