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Vigil for Crandall cop who killed wife, self gets canceled after backlash

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A vigil that was scheduled for a Crandall police officer who killed his wife and then himself was canceled Thursday night after stirring up controversy.

One of the women behind the vigil said it was called off because it had turned into a fiasco, and people from the city who were not involved with the planning started to get involved.

Nick Pitofsky and his wife, Vanessa, were found dead in their duplex in the 1800 block of Browder last month. The medical examiner said Thursday that Vanessa was shot in the head multiple times.

Flyers were posted on some Crandall businesses for the vigil, which had been scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Crandall town gazebo.  

The two women who had coordinated the vigil say Pitofsky was a good person. But others say he's a murderer who should not be remembered publically.  

Jennifer Hough, who was friends with Vanessa since high school, is helping to plan events in Vanessa's honor, including a fundraiser for a battered women's shelter and a day of kindness on March 13, which would have been Vanessa's 43rd birthday.

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