Update: Candlelight vigil for Nicole Gututala moved to Saturday
The candlelight vigil in memory of Nicole Gututala has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at McElroy Park in Jamestown.
Angie Job, vigil organizer, posted on the Jamestown Sun Facebook page that the public vigil planned for Thursday evening was called off with the thunderstorms causing a safety concern. The vigil for the slain mother of two will be held by the softball diamonds in McElroy Park and all are welcome.
People are asked to wear red to the vigil. Job said there will also be a memorial service at 6 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 409 3rd Ave SE.
Job said she set up an account at Gate City Bank for people wanting to make a donation to help support Gututala’s family. Donations can be made to “In Memory of Nicole” at any Gate City Bank in the state.
Gututala, 25, was shot and killed Saturday, May 12, in the parking lot of the apartment building in which she lived. Her ex-husband, Kevin Michael Hoff, 27, Montpelier, has been charged with murder and is in the Stutsman County Correctional Center. Bond has been set at $500,000 cash. The couple have two children, ages 3 and 2, who are staying with family in the area.
Job said in a message from Facebook that she has known Gututala since she moved here with Hoff, and has known Hoff since he was young child.
There is also a GoFundMe.com page for people wanting to help Gututala’s family in Hawaii bring her back to Hawaii for a funeral and burial. The page was organized by her sister Ta'ima Gututala. The family needs to raise $11,195 for the funeral, burial and travel expense. As of Wednesday evening $9,784 has been raised. Go to http://bit.ly/NGututala to make a donation.
(This story was changed to reflect the change of the vigil date and time from 8 p.m. Thursday, to 8 p.m. Saturday).)