Community gathers to remember 12-year-old killed in Perry County

DUNCANNON, Pa. (WHTM) – A community remembered the life of a young girl killed by a shot fired by a constable.

A vigil was held Wednesday night for 12-year-old Ciara Meyer.

Constable Clarke Steele was serving an eviction notice at the Meyer’s apartment in Perry County Monday.

Police say Ciara’s father, Don Meyer, pointed a gun at the constable and the constable fired one shot. The bullet went through her father’s shoulder and into Ciara’s chest, killing her.

Duncannon is in mourning and with a population of nearly 1,500, everyone knows what happened to Ciara.

“You just think of so many things that child will never get the opportunity to do,” said Lindsey Melnick, pastor of Breakthrough Church in Duncannon, “It is just so sad.”

“This is not a courtroom or a place to take a political stance or a funeral for her. This is a place we can pray together,” Melnick said.

People we talked to say the vigil helped begin the healing process.

Some of Ciara’s classmates were there and said there wasn’t much talk at school about what happened.

“It is kind of quiet because not a lot of people want to take about it and get everybody upset,” one classmate said.

Classmates said the vigil allowed everyone to open up and express their feelings.

One classmate said, “It does not make sense that she is gone, but now I am starting to understand that she is in a better place.”

Family members say funeral arrangements are still being worked out.

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