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A community mourns the loss of a local leader. 70 year-old Linda Pultz died Wednesday after being struck by a garbage truck on Decatur's northeast side. The accident happened at about 7am. She was pronounced dead by 9. Sunday evening, friends and family celebrated her life with a candlelight vigil.

"She just was there to cheer everybody up," said close friend Lee Antoniou. "She was very kind and loving and well known at the oasis. If you came in and didn't know no staff, she'd tell you all their names."

The Oasis Day Center.. a walk-in homeless shelter in Decatur. She volunteered a lot of her time there, helping out where she could. That's where she met Lee.

"I said can I be your best friend. She said yeah."

Linda had many best friends.

"She did the same thing to everybody," said Lee.

Linda's granddaughter, Mercedez Wiltermood, said she was a light in the community.

"She brought the light out of everybody. When ever you walk into a room with her, you can't feel nothing but happiness."

Dozens came to the vigil.

"They have gotten to know her," said Kimberly, Linda's other granddaughter. "They got to love her. And see her.. who she is."

Linda's family has been mourning their loss for almost a week now. They say it's their faith that keeps them strong.

"That's what gets us through everything."

Another memorial will be held at The Oasis Day Center on Wednesday.

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