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Memorial service scheduled for Tensas Bank victims

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ST. JOSEPH La. (KNOE 8 News) - Preparations were underway Monday, for another memorial in Tensas Parish.     

The community is getting together to remember the two victims who died.

And one of Louisiana's top cops is making a special trip back to St. Joseph for the memorial.

Flags hanging at half-staff, mutual feelings of sadness shared by a community, and flowers in a memorial laid here at Tensas State Bank in St. Joseph, are memories that remain after a horrible tragedy took place last week.

Tuesday, there will be a memorial service in remembrance of the two who were killed, and Mike Edmonson, the State Police Colonel who led the effort to end the stand-off is making a special trip back.

"I can't imagine anywhere of any place I could be tomorrow night where else I would want to be more so than St. Joe. I mean I spent a better part of the day and evening there, it will be something that will stay in my heart and in my soul for the rest of my life," said Col. Edmonson.

The Tensas State Bank remains closed nearly a week after one man changed the lives of many.

Police say 20-year-old Fuaed Ahmed held three people hostage in a 12 hour stand-off, shooting two people to death, and releasing the third.

Before police shot and killed Ahmed...Ahmed shot and killed bank employees Ladean McDaniel and Jay Warbington

McDaniel and Warbington were laid to rest over the weekend.

"I was very touched by the community. Very gifted very godly people. That just you can tell life means the world to them and it just resonated with me," said Col Edmonson.   

And after the tragic outcome last week, life is forced to  continue on in this small town.

Tuesday night at 6, there will be a memorial service to remember McDaniel and Warbington at the Tensas State Bank. Where a pastor will lead prayer, a choir will sing, and balloons will be released in honor of the victims.

Officials said Ahmed never intended to rob the bank, but had orchestrated a hostage situation.

We are awaiting more information on his motives from the FBI.

Meanwhile, the bank remains closed until further notice, and the convenience store operated by the shooter's family also remains closed.

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