Mourners gather to remember Kathryn Michelle Walters and Max Walters on Thursday night. (Doug Johnson/FOX5)
BOULDER CITY, NV (FOX5) -
A murder-suicide committed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Hans Walters has many in Boulder City looking for answers.
On Thursday night, family and friends gathered to remember Kathryn Walters, who was killed by her husband along with their 5-year-old son.
Kathryn Walters was a Metro officer before retiring to be a full-time mom when her son Max was born in 2007. Her friends usually refer to her by her middle name, Michelle, or her nickname, Wonder Woman.
Those who volunteered with Kathryn Walters at Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada said the tragedy took away one of their best volunteers.
"She will always be my Wonder Woman, and he will always be my Wonder Baby," one mourner said.
Kathryn Walters volunteered for 15 years at different summer camps.
"She was a rescue angel, she truly was. It was in her heart," said friend Steve Custer.
Custer, a retired Metro sergeant, worked with Kathryn Walters for years. When he needed counselors for his troubled youth camp, she was the first on his list and never failed to volunteer.
"She wasn't there because they were paying her, she was there for free," Custer said.
Kathryn Walters later volunteered for Candlelighters and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at Camp Firefly and Camp Cartwheel, places for critically ill children and their families.
On Monday, Hans Walters shot Kathryn Walters and their son, whose sixth birthday was next month, before setting his family's Boulder City home on fire and turning the gun on himself.
"(It's) something that should never have happened. So that will definitely be the different part in it - she wasn't sick, she was taken," said Ashley Schamp, who got to know Kathryn Walters at a camp for kids.
Kathryn Walters' younger brother attended Thursday's vigil. He told the crowd that her dedication to helping others was something she had in her since childhood.
Henderson police are still investigating the tragedy for Boulder City.
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