Licking County communities continue to heal after deadly nursing home attack

LICKING CO., OH (WCMH) — Communities in Licking County continue to heal this Mother’s Day after three people were shot and killed in the village of Kirkersville Friday morning.

The REAL Church in Etna, just a few miles away from Kirkersville, is dedicating its services today to those victims whose lives were lost in Friday’s nursing home attack.

Pastor James Dewhurst says REAL Church will be taking a special collection for the families of Cindy Krantz, Marlina Medrano and Kirkersville Police Chief Eric DiSario. Cindy’s son Matthew attends REAL Church.

Sunday night, Kirkersville United Methodist Church held a vigil at 7pm to pray for the families involved and the entire community. The room was completely full, and chairs were set up outside for people to sit.

The church is also holding a spaghetti dinner on Tues., May 23 from 6-8pm. Cost is donation only. The event is hosted by the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of Kirkersville.

Kirkersville Elementary School sent a notice to parents Friday addressing the shooting, and said the district would talk to the children about it on Monday. “The message will be that sometimes people make bad choices, and because of a bad choice someone made, we couldn’t be at school today. Our emphasis will be that we always work to keep students safe. We defer to parents to provide any additional details.”

On Saturday, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp posted about the shooting on Facebook. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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