Three days after police say a Muscatine man stabbed his step-father to death, the community gathered for a candlelight vigil for the victim, 45-year-old Timothy Lane.
Organizers of the vigil said they were expecting at least 300 people to attend the vigil held Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Riverside Park in Muscatine.
A group of friends who knew Mr. Lane from the time they were teenagers organized the vigil to show his kids and family what he meant to the community.
“I feel it’s important for his family to know their heartbreak is different than ours, but you know they’re not alone,” said LeAnne Chambliss.
Officers reported finding 45-year-old Lane unresponsive and not breathing. Lane had suffered an apparent stab wound.
An autopsy showed Lane died of a stab wound to the chest, and that he suffered four other stab wounds, according to Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren.
According to Ostergren, 30-year-old Cody Curtis was charged with Lane’s death on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Curtis is Lane’s step son.
“This shouldn’t have happened, he should still be here, we shouldn’t be having to do this,” said Chambliss.
But while there are those emotions, there is a need to be together, hand in hand, candle to candle, to remember a dad, son, and friend who is gone too soon.
“Last thing Tim would want any of us is to be mad and not celebrating his life,” said Chambliss.