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Hundreds remember the friendly women who loved the library

CLOVIS – Kristina “Krissie” Carter, 48, and Wanda Walters, 61, were well-known friendly faces at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

Kristina Carter

Carter lived most of her life in Clovis and raised two daughters there, encouraging them to join the swim team and travel to competitions, said her daughter Chelsey Jorde.

“She was my childhood Girl Scout troop leader,” Jorde said. “She loved reading and listening to audiobooks. She liked to go camping and fishing with my dad. She liked to travel to Germany to see my uncle and aunt there. They had a lot of adventures there.”

Jorde said Carter threw herself into her job as a youth services librarian at the library, where she had worked since November 2002.

“She loved her job. Even more, she loved the kids that came with it,” Jorde said.

Walters, who had worked at the library since 2010, was a circulation assistant who many in the town remembered seeing on their regular trips to the library.

A relative said her son and daughter are in shock and requested privacy.

Wanda Walters

“She was a wonderful woman, a devout Christian and she loved her family,” said Misty Moore. “She was a very special person and she didn’t deserve to be shot down like an animal at her job.”

Hundreds turned out for vigils held at two churches in the area Tuesday evening.

At 6 p.m., about 150 mourners gathered at Central Baptist Church in a solemn setting as the choir sang religious hymns. Audience members cried and hugged.

An hour later, more than 400 members of the community filled the rows of seats at Faith Christian Family Church, standing and clapping as the church’s praise and worship band played.

Mayor David Lansford spoke at both vigils, asking the city to be strong and hold the victims in their thoughts and prayers.

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