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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, July 16, 2014 15B A crowd gathers at Janesville Park on Wednesday, July 2, for a candlelight vigil for veterinarian Richard Meinert. Photo by Ruth Ellis Vigil held for veterinarian found dead at his Janesville office Ruth Ellis Lassen News Editor The death of veterinarian Rich Meinert, 55 shocked and saddened many in the Susanville community. Meinert was found dead at his veterinary office located off Main Street Janesville on Monday, June 23. His death is being investigated as a possible homicide. In his memory, a candlelight vigil was held at Janesville Park on Wednesday, July 2. At dusk, candles started being lit, casting a glow among the crowd of family-andfriends who had gathered. Tom Braun played soft music on the guitar followed by several people sharing their memories about Meinert. Trabina Reed, who organized the event, described Meinert as a person who was loved dearly, one who was compassionate and "one we will always hold close to our hearts." According to Ronnie Chandler, Meinert was more than just a vet, but someone who had a relationship with everyone and who knew your dog, cat, horses and cow and the ones you had 15 years ago, as well as all of a person's relatives. "He cared about you as an individual," Chandler said. "He had such love of life and such compassion. Each one of us has our own very dear memory of him and he's sorely going to be missed not just by humans but by the animal community. We have suffered a tremendous loss." Some in attendance brought their dogs and Meinert's skills and compassion toward people's pets were noted, as was the way he would tear up when he had to put an animal down. "What made him so unique is he absolutely cared about every single animal. I have been to a lot of vets in my life and I've never gone to one who sat his butt on the floor and played with your dog. How many vets do that?" Chandler asked. If someone had a large dog, rather than struggling to get the animal on the table, Chandler said Meinert would sit down on the floor to give shots or draw blood. Bill Nolen, who said Meinert was a good frien6to him and his wife, shared how Meinert was good with all of the animals. There were times, however, when Meinert had to put several of Nolen's horses down and he recalled how it bothered him to have to do it. Additionally, Meinert helped look out for others. Shaun Peters shared how he had moved to Janesville and a couple months later, he received a call from a staff member at Janesville School. The person notified Peters that Meinert had stopped by his house and found his door was unlocked. He checked things out and locked things up. Meinert then went to Janesville School so someone could contact Peters and let him know everything was secure. "That opened up a different side of life for me. It showed me family, it showed me community and over the last three years ... I know Rich wouldn't want us to mourn for him. He would want us to take his memory in a positive way, with our kids, with our animals and with our family," Peters said. Meinert's friend John Bentley and his brothers Austin and Mike Meinert also spoke. Austin Meinert said he was the baby brother who always looked up to his older brother. Austin, who co-owns Artisan Coffee, said people from across the county have called offering their condolences. To those who were in attendance at the vigil, Austin Meinert said, "It's just a real treat that you are all here tonight for him. I want to thank you again." Mike Meinert said, "It touched me when I heard about this. Nobody I talked to knew how to do a candlelight vigil. They didn't really know what it was, I didn't know what it was and now I see what it is. And it's more beautiful and more impressive than I ever imagined. "I'm just so impressed you would take the time out of your Wednesday evening to come and spend time with our family and with your friends here in Janesville in this beautiful park that (Meinert) and mom (the late Lyn Meinert) had worked so hard to help create. To be here with us and share your memories. I just think it's marvelous." Mike Meinert said, "We are crushed and confused and just mortified that this could happen in our community to someone who was so dear to us, our big brother, our biggest brother, our oldest brother. And we know you share in that grief too and we thank you for taking time to be here to represent that." i Use tax supports services Sunscreen: check. Passport: check. Support for vital California public services: check. 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