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Murdered nuns honored for their services to the poor in Mississippi

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DURANT, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Two Catholic nuns murdered in Holmes County were honored for their service to the poor on Saturday.

Sisters Paula Merrill and Margaret Held were stabbed in their Durant home last year.  Rodney Sanders sits behinds bars---accused the crime. 

RELATED: Kosciusko man arrested in nuns' murders

The gospel hymn 'Amazing Grace' echoed throughout Liberty Park in Durant. Friends, former co-workers and neighbors of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill stood in the pouring rain to honor their memory.  

The well-known nuns were stabbed to death in their home back in August.

“People are still talking about it, it's been almost a year now and it's still fresh in everyone's mind and people are still a puzzled about the incident and why did it happen,” said Carolyn Riley.

READ MORE: Durant community reacts to shocking deaths of beloved nuns

Saturday was not about how they died, but how they lived and their decades of dedication to the poor by providing health care and other valuable resources.

“It is estimated they served about 25 percent of the poor in this county,” said Father Gregory Plata.

Although their lives were cut short, a new monument with their pictures will now sit in the heart of Durant. Folks there said it honors their service, sacrifice and selfless spirit.

RELATED: Nuns' legacy remembered in Holmes County

“Paula was a good friend and I miss her presence," said Sister Kay Glunk, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. "She is missed and loved by the whole community.”

“We need to remember them so their lives won't be forgotten,” said Riley.

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