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Associated Ministries plans service for slain Rainier ranger Margaret Anderson

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Feb. 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
February 23, 2012 2:51 pm

Associated Ministries will hold a short service in honor of slain ranger Margaret Anderson on March 3 at Mount Rainier National Park.

Anderson was shot near Paradise on Jan. 1 after setting up a road block to stop a motorist who ran snow tire checkpoint. The shooter fled and was found dead in Paradise River the next morning.

The service will be at 1 p.m. at the northeast side of the Paradise Visitor Center. Associated Ministries attempts to conduct “Moments of Blessings” at the sites of all homicides in Pierce County, said spokeswoman Sandy Windley.

“It is an interfaith service,” Windley said.

In an email Windley said the service is to reclaim the space as “as a place of life and hope.”

Anderson was shot at an area below Paradise called Barn Flats, but a permit could not be obtained for that area because of its small size, Windley said.

Windley said the service was not held earlier because of, in part, road and park closures due to weather and the investigation into Anderson’s death.

Chains are required to drive to Paradise in the winter.


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