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More than 1,000 books donated in slain librarian's honor

Leonard Tapia
September 05, 2017 06:27 PM

CLOVIS, N.M. -- Krissie Carter had a deep passion for books. That love showed Tuesday at her celebration of life at the Clovis Civic Center.

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Hundreds of people gathered in remembrance of a woman who reached out to so many people in the community. Carter was one of the two victims killed in last week's shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

“Giving back to the community, back to her family and wrapping her family up in our arms and telling them that they may have lost someone very important to them, but they have an entire town supporting and caring for them,” said Misty Bertand, who works at the Civic Center.

Books were on the walls, piled up on top of one another, and even hung from the ceiling. People throughout the state donated more than 1,000 books in honor of Ms. Krissie, some of which she used to read to kids at the library.

"They actually went through the boxes of books,” Bertand said. "The first job of the librarians was to sort them out and then they pulled out some of Krissie’s favorite children’s books and we have coloring pages on the tables.”

Some people who attended Tuesday’s celebration of life said while the community is still trying to make sense of this tragedy, it’s important to remember Ms. Krissie for the caring, loving, and vibrant woman she was.

“We’re going to make a difference together as a community and we’re not going to let fear take hold of us,” said Ladona Clayton. “We’re going to come together, support these families, support these victims.”

While loved ones continue to honor the victims of last week’s deadly shooting, it’s without a doubt their legacy will live on through the many pages of the books they once read and through the hearts of the people of Clovis.  

"I can feel the love coming. It’s coming from every corner of this community,” Bertand said. “We’re all going to get through this together and it’ll take time and it’ll take lots of tears and lots of hugs, but we’ve got nothing but love to give."

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