Home Church community Community members gather at a vigil at Aptos to remember the lives of Jane and Michael Daugherty – KION546

Community members gather at a vigil at Aptos to remember the lives of Jane and Michael Daugherty – KION546

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APTOS, Calif. (KION) On Wednesday evening, community members gathered in a vigil at St. John’s Episcopal Church to honor the lives of Jane and Michael Daugherty, the estranged couple who police say are died in a murder-suicide.

A light is how many community members and friends describe Alice Jane, a talented musician and deeply devoted to her faith. She was also a member of the La Selva Beach Community Beach Church and often volunteered at Aptos High School.

“She was a light, that was a perfect description of her. She had so much joy, especially when she played music. It was really what illuminated her life,” said Tracy Wells Miller, priest of the episcopal church.

Many friends came to the vigil to pay homage. Many were in disbelief in what police call an apparent murder-suicide of Jane and Michael Daugherty. Some even learned of the tragedy a few hours before the vigil.

“It was all a total shock to our community and we just wanted to create a space where people could just come and be together,” said Tracy Wells Miller, priest of the Episcopal Church.

Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding the couple’s death, many shared their appreciation for Jane and Michael.

“Michael, we knew him too … he would come with Jane to church occasionally. He was a master craftsman, a carpenter, he refinished the doors of the church,” said Tracy Wells Miller, priest of the episcopal church.

No details are known about what exactly happened or why.

A memorial for the couple is currently in preparation.

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