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Hundreds Gather to Remember Kathlynn

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BOXHOLM, Iowa -

A sea of purple filled Boxholmn today, full of smiles and tears, all to pay tribute to an Iowa teen gone far too soon.

Almost 750 people gathered at today's memorial for Kathlynn Shepard.  The 15 year old was abducted last month - her body was found last Friday.


The public memorial service for Kathlynn was held at the gymnasium at Southeast Webster-Grand Middle School in Boxholm.
 
Many children who went to school with Kathlynn attended. Many wore purple, Kathlynn's favorite color.
 
Authorities say Kathlynn and a younger friend were coerced into a pickup on May 20 in Dayton by registered sex offender Michael Klunder. He hanged himself after the younger girl escaped. Searchers looked for two weeks for Kathlynn.
 
Her body was found June 7 in the Des Moines River near Boone.

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