Community holds vigil for Medina student killed in Lockport shooting

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MEDINA, N.Y. (WIVB) – More than a hundred people gathered at State Street Park in Medina, remembering the life of Cheyenne Farewell. Friends and family say she was an inspiration to many.

“Our community holds each other up and we knew that Chey would want that. She would us all here talking about her, sharing our experiences, and just loving on her one more time,” said Destiny Satkowski.

Destiny was friends with Cheyenne Farewell since middle school and says she was the type of person anyone could get along with.

“She was best friends with everyone. She didn’t have just friends. Everyone loved her. She was great.”

Farewell died just after midnight on Friday after a shooting during a Halloween party in Lockport.
It’s a reality those in Medina, where Farewell is from, are coming to terms with.

“I don’t think anyone could expect this or plan for this but if anyone needs help, we’re all here and we all want to help each other, that’s what she would do, so that’s what we’ll do too,”Satkowski said.

People all throughout Western New York and beyond are trying to help Farewell’s family during this time. That’s shown on a Go Fund Me page organized by Batavia Downs. The page has raised more than $22, 000 dollars, that’s over the goal of $20,000.

Batavia Downs created the page because Farewell’s father works at the company.
President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek says they’re a close group and they wanted to help the family after this sudden loss.

“And we’re grateful again to the community at large, there were people all across the country that have stepped in here to help and just again a tragic situation but everybody’s very grateful the family is very grateful for the help that was put forth by everybody.”

Satkowski says those who knew Farewell best will always remember her willingness to help others battling depression or mental health.

“Cheyenne, she had a hard time with mental health that was something she was a huge advocate for, even in high school, she wanted to make clubs, she wanted to help anyone she could.”

Farewell was a recent graduate of Medina High School. The school says they will have trauma counselors available for students.

Sarah Minkewicz is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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