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Excel shooting remembrance event set for Sunday

Kelly Slayton takes part in a candlelight vigil at Heritage Park in Hesston, Kan., on Friday. Feb. 26, 2016. On Thursday, Cedric Ford, an employee of Excel Industries in Hesston, allegedly entered the factory and killed three people and wounded over a dozen others. Slayton works at Excel but wasn't in the building at the time of the shooting.
Kelly Slayton takes part in a candlelight vigil at Heritage Park in Hesston, Kan., on Friday. Feb. 26, 2016. On Thursday, Cedric Ford, an employee of Excel Industries in Hesston, allegedly entered the factory and killed three people and wounded over a dozen others. Slayton works at Excel but wasn't in the building at the time of the shooting. File photo

An event commemorating the one-year anniversary of a mass shooting that left four dead – including the gunman – and more than a dozen wounded at a Hesston lawn manufacturing plant is set for Sunday at Hesston High School.

The event starts at 5 p.m. in the gymnasium, 200 N. Ridge Road in Hesston. The public is welcome, Hesston city clerk Jason Thrasher said in an e-mail announcing the event.

Cedric Ford, 38, killed Josh Higbee, Renee Benjamin and Brian Sadowsky and injured 14 others on Feb. 25, 2016, during a drug- and alcohol-fueled shooting spree that started along a highway near his Newton home and ended inside Excel Industries, where he worked as a painter.

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder fatally shot Ford inside the plant to stop the gunfire.

Ford had been served with court papers from a girlfriend seeking a protective order that day, which authorities think may have triggered the rampage.

Survivors, victims' families and law enforcement tell of the deadly mass shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas on Feb. 25, 2016. Video by John Albert/The Wichita Eagle

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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