Remembering Brandon, Cole, and Miranda

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ROANOKE CO., Va. (WDBJ7) -- Emotions were high as a community remembered three people, 20-year-old Brandon Dekle, 21-year-old Cole Kennedy, and 18-year-old Miranda Trump were killed in a triple homicide earlier this week.

A sign on the front of the building still says closed -- but the doors opened here Wednesday evening to friends and loved ones, as people shared memories of the three coworkers who are gone too soon.
It was standing room only at the edges of Bent Mountain Bistro.

Dozens of people packed into the small business to remember their friends -- Brandon, Cole and Miranda.

Emotions ran high, but people grieved together.

"Don't ever be ashamed to cry. There's nothing to apologize for."
Some brought flowers, collectively they lit candles.

Some attendees say they still don't understand what happened, and they only have good things to say about their friends.

The Bistro paid tribute to the three lost coworkers in a lengthy Facebook post Wednesday, inviting people to the vigil. Cole is known for making customers laugh, and Miranda will be remembered for her upbeat personality.

Brandon's uncles says members are struggling with the sudden loss.

"Everybody copes differently. A lot of people... I know I'm having a hard time coping with it, losing my brother and now my nephew. It's pretty hard," said Brandon's uncle Michael Joslyn.

On the way out, there were hugs. Attendees say they were happy to come together, but the healing continues.

The Bistro's been closed for two days. They say they'll reopen Thursday if possible.