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Sheriff's Office To Hold Candlelight Vigil For Slain Leon County Deputy Chris Smith

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Leon County Sheriff's Office

The public is invited to attend a candlelight vigil tonight for the Leon County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot and killed over the weekend.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is holding the vigil to remember Deputy Chris Smith during a tribute this evening. Smith was killed when he and another deputy were ambushed by gunman Curtis Holley, as they responded to a house fire Saturday.

The vigil will be held at FSU’s Dick Howser Baseball Stadium around 7 p.m.

A funeral service for the 47-year-old will be held Tuesday at Bradfordville First Baptist Church on Thomasville Road at noon.

Meanwhile, city officials have postponed the “Shine on Gaines” block party event to unveil the big sculpture at the Gaines Street-Woodward Avenue roundabout.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.