Friends and family gathered Thursday night to remember those who died in the Taunton stabbing spree.

Friends who saw Pat Slavin Tuesday afternoon can’t believe she is gone. They were planning their Taunton High School Class of ’54 reunion, two hours later Slavin was murdered.

“The meeting broke up at four o’clock in the afternoon, we said our goodbyes, and we didn’t realize we wouldn’t see her again,” said Barbara George, Slavin’s high school classmate.

The classmates, along with 200 others, gathered for a prayer vigil at Holy Family, a church Pat attended daily.

The pastor asked for everyone to not only pray for the family of those who died, Pat Slavin and George Heath, but their killer A.J. Darosa.

Sheenah Savoy’s aunts came, hoping to tell Rosemary Heath, her husband died Tuesday at Bertucci’s saving not only their niece but her unborn baby.

“It was not just her and her baby, it was everyone in there,” said Yolanda Costa.

Darosa’s deadly rampage started at Pat Slavin’s home. Slavin’s classmates said they weren’t surprised when they learned the great grandmother and former nurse opened the door for Darosa.

They said she would have done what few could imagine. “She would forgive him, a loving person, she would forgive him. We all do feel sorry for what his family is going through too,” said one of Slavin’s classmates.

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