An extraordinary tribute was held Tuesday night in honor of a Boy Scout leader killed in what police said was a random act of violence.More than 100 people gathered on a northern Indiana trail to remember Arthur Anderson, 76, of Kokomo.The trail was the same place where Andersons life ended on Sunday, police said.Investigators said Shane Golitko, 22, stabbed Anderson to death as he led a hike down Nickel Plate Trail in Miami County.The Bunker Hill ministers who organized the candlelight vigil said they weren't sure how many people would come, but when news of the event quickly spread, people came several miles to remember the father, husband and scout leader, 6News' Rick Hightower reported."We are a community in shock, one minister said.A small memorial now stands at the site of the tragic, random killing.Many who attended the tribute said they didnt know Anderson personally, but they showed up to honor his service to the community."I just knew we were going to let the family know we were supporting them and that they would be in our prayers. If there were only four or five people here, we would have still gone ahead (with the tribute), the Rev. Evan Strong said.
Parent Stephanie Gray brought her children to the tribute and said she couldnt understand what would have prompted the killing."I don't think anybody will ever be able to (understand), Gray said.Grays daughter, Kayleigh, said she came to show her support."It felt really important for me to show up to show my respect toward him, Kayleigh Gray said.Anderson's daughter-in-law, Carol Anderson, came to represent the family and to thank the community."He always loved being outside. He loved doing things with the scouts like almost every weekend, Anderson said. "We just appreciate how much people loved us and loved him.Tuesday night was scout night in Kokomo. Anderson's troop held their troop meeting in private to remember their leader and mentor.Anderson and his wife, Betty, also helped out with the Kokomo High School robotics team and were very active in the towns Jewish community.
Residents gathered at the memorial to pay tribute to slain Boy Scout leader Arthur Anderson.