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Vigil for Austin Colson reflects frustration with investigation

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. - Dozens of people close to Austin Colson, the South Royalton teenager killed earlier this year, gathered in White River Junction on Thursday with a shared frustration over the lack of updates on the case.

The vigil was an opportunity for friends and family to remember the young man they all loved, and it was also clear that they were growing restless.

"We want to see somebody behind bars," said Kelly Leighton, a family friend. "We want somebody to pay for their mistakes. Austin paid the ultimate price. He is not here, and he deserves that justice."

Many of the signs people carried at the vigil demanded justice come quick, emphasizing the damage Colson's death has caused the family.

Colson was last seen January 11. His body discovered six months later in a Norwich barn. He had been shot to death.

But Thursday's vigil was an opportunity for friends and family to remember his life.

"I think he would've been an asset to this community," Leighton said. "He loved his hometown, he wanted to be in that area, and I feel that people don't hear those things about him. He was a loving person, and he was a good person."

After Dana Colson, Austin's father, spoke at the microphone, there was a minute of silence and people stood with their lit candles.


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