Community to hold memorial for victims of Missouri shooting rampage

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Posted on December 1, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 3 at 5:03 PM

Bonne Terre, Missouri

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(KMOV) -- Members of the community will gather on Sunday night in Bismarck, Missouri to remember the victims of Tuesday's shooting rampage.

A candle light memorial will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Bismarck High School Ball Field.

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(KMOV) – Five people are dead after a shooting spree on Tuesday morning in Bonne Terre, Missouri that may have began in Bismarck, Missouri.

Investigators now believe that Erica Wade, 20, of Bismarck, Missouri, was the first victim of Tuesday's shooting rampage. Wade's body was found in an abandoned building along Doc Wallen Road, near Highway U. Highway U runs between Potosi and Bismarck from Washington into St. Francois County. Bismarck is about a half hour drive from Bonne Terre.

Wade’s family tells News 4 that while her body was found in the building, her car was recovered near the water tower in Bismarck.

Family members say Wade received a text message from someone late Monday night saying that her ex-boyfriend was stranded and needed her help. Wade left the home she shared with her mother and that was the last her family saw of her.

It is believed that Wade’s death is tied to the shooting that happened around 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday in the 100 block of Boulder Drive in Bonne Terre that left four people dead.

That incident began as a domestic situation at a duplex about a half mile north of Bonne Terre High School. Police received a 911 call from a woman screaming, saying someone was trying to kick the front door down.

When police arrived on the scene, they saw a man running toward the highway. Police have identified the man as Nathan Fortner, 25. Police confronted Fortner and told him to drop his weapon. At that point Fortner took his own life with a handgun.

Police found Derek Nash, 35, dead inside the doorway of the home on Boulder Drive.  Police then grabbed a child that was inside the duplex. The child was not injured

Police also found a woman dead inside a bedroom.

Outside police found another child and a woman inside an SUV. The woman was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Authorities believe she was trying to protect the child. The child was not injured.

Authorities have identified the two women as Danielle Bement, 19, and her mother Christine Snider, 37. Snider and Nash, her fiancee, lived at the home on Boulder Drive. Police say Bement was Fortner's ex-girlfriend. Bement was also living at the home with her 18-month-old child.

Family members say Fortner was upset over a recent break-up with Bement. Wade’s family says she went to school with Fortner, but the two were not friends.

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