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Community remembers victim

Melissa Topey • Dec 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM

“All I can ask is, pray for us. I want my faith to shine through, but this is a hard walk to walk,” Florence Martin spoke amid sobs.

She was speaking to about 50 of her neighbors, friends and community members who gathered in the 25 degree temperatures at the Saturday night candlelight vigil in tribute for her husband, 86-year-old murder victim George Martin.

Tuesday evening Martin was repeatedly stabbed inside his home at 2201 Campbell St. in Sandusky.

Want to help?

Donations for Florence Martin, who has lost her home, most of her clothes and possessions, can be sent to:

Faith Memorial Church

1320 E. Strub Road

Sandusky, OH 44870

Please make a notation that it is for the Martin family.


“We have the best neighbors in the world. Everybody has been so kind,” she said, tears streaming down her face.    The attacker or attackers then set the home on fire to destroy evidence of the crime. Firefighters found Martin’s body in the basement after they put out the fire.

One of those neighbors who gathered Saturday was Elousie Nickelson, who recalled a friendly George Martin who spoke to everyone, never knowing a stranger.

Martin was always with his wife, even at the yard sales they would hold, she recalled of the couple.

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“It hurt me so bad when I saw the fire and then learned he was in there. I went home and prayed. We are like a family in this neighborhood. I hope the best for Mrs. Martin. God give her the strength to keep going,” Nickelson said.

The community has lost a man who loved others and was a tremendous influence on those who knew him, said Faith Memorial Church pastor Ken Hiser.

He spoke to the crowd about the family’s loss.

“The support of the community means so much” Hiser said

He called on God in prayer.

“Lord help us. We are each others’ keepers. Draw them close to your heart, and do not allow fear to grip us,” Hiser said.

Police are asking for anyone who might have seen people in the area, or who have information about the murder, to call Sandusky police at 419-627-5877.

Watch a video with a neighbor's reaction in the player below

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