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Family, friends hold candlelight vigil for stabbing victim

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Family and friends held a candlelight vigil in memory of 25-year-old Amber Peirson.

Police say her roommate found her stabbed to death at a home on the 4000 block of Sunrise Avenue. Peirson's loved ones say their loss is more difficult after learning that police believe her boyfriend may be responsible for the death.

Nearly 40 people gathered at the memorial, which happened in a neighborhood just a few blocks away from the home where police believe Christopher Salguero, 23, stabbed Peirson July 25.

The victim's parents and children were among those who attended the vigil wearing green shirts with Peirson's picture on them.

"We're just trying to get through day by day and get through this and get justice out of this. She did not deserve this at all," said Peirson's father Chris Petrey.

Police arrested Salguero Thursday after they reported finding bloody clothes at his parent's house.

Friends say Salguero grew up in the same neighborhood as Peirson, and never seemed capable of hurting anyone in the 11 years the two knew one another.

Police say Salguero told his father he killed his girlfriend after the voices in his head told him that she was a witch.

"He seemed like a really nice fellow. I don't know what happened in the time I met him until the time he took Amber. I don't know," said Tammy Lewis, Peirson's aunt.

As questions remain about the events that led up to Peirson's death, her loved ones are leaning on one another for strength. The family plans to start a memorial fund to support the young woman's sons as they grow up without their mother.

Salguero is at the Clark County Detention Center facing charges of First Degree Murder with a Deadly Weapon. He is due in court August 31.

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