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Friends and family hold candlelight vigil for domestic violence victim

Posted: 10:27 PM, Feb 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-14 00:27:34-05

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Friends and family remember a domestic violence victim killed in her boyfriend’s Salt Lake City apartment.

Natalie Thurber, 34, was killed Monday morning at the Eleanor Rigby Apartments at 125 South 300 East.

More than 100 family and friends grieved among the light of candles Thursday night.

"Natalie was a beautiful person inside and out that touched a lot of people’s lives,” Bianca Wirfs said.

A memorial of candles and flowers was placed outside the basement bathroom window where Natalie passed.

“She was a lover she was funny, she was hardcore, she was no wuss,” Nicole Young said.

Natalie graduated from Lehi High School in 2002 and lived in Orem. Working at Amazon, she quickly made friends.

“She loved with everything that she was. She loved fiercely,“ Young said.

Police say Natalie was shot and killed by her boyfriend Monday morning.

"Like any relationship, they had their ups and downs. I had no idea this would happen,” Young said.

After shooting Natalie, police say Michael Nance starting a gunfight with officers. One officer was shot in the leg.

Natalie’s friends hope other domestic violence victims learn from Natalie’s murder.

“It hurts and it’s very, very scary but there is a way, there is help,” Wirfs said. “There is [sic] resources out there for you. The best thing you can do is reach out when you need that help.”

A Facebook fundraiser has been set up in Natalie’s honor benefiting the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. Donations have topped more than $2,200 by Thursday night.