“Take Back the Site” held for Vincent Force, veteran who was killed in July

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Friends, family and even strangers came together to honor veteran Vincent Force at the “Take Back the Site” vigil held on Thursday. Force served in Korea for nearly a year. 

“He was a good guy, he was kind, he wouldn’t hurt anyone,” said Buzz Andrezeski, former state senator. This is how Andrezeski described his friend, Vincent Force. He says he learned Force had died from reading an article in the newspaper.

“For some reason I never through the paper out, I left it on my counter and after six or seven days of walking by it,” said Andrezeski.  “I came by and I said ‘oh my god, it’s Vince, it’s Vince, it was my friend.” 

Force’s body was found in a shallow grave in a backyard of a house on West 5th street in Erie. His caretakers reportedly admitted to burying the body and they are facing multiple charges.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph put on the “Take Back the Site Vigil” right where Vincent Force’s body was discovered three months.”He sounded like a stand up kind of guy, someone who was very friendly,” said Sister Betsy Wiest, social justice coordinator with Sisters of St. Joesph.

Sister Wiest says lots of people seemed to like force and he got along with everyone. Andrezeski added that force was a great friend to many people. 

“He loved people and he was friends with everyone and as I said,” said Andreseski. “Sometimes being a friend to everyone might of been his demise.” 

This was the 114th “Take Back the Site” vigil that has been held in Erie since 1999. 

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