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Town of Spencer in shock over Shaylyn Ammerman murder

The town of Spencer has been through a lot in just the last month. One month ago, a car crash landed three teens in the hospital. Now they are coping with the death of one-year-old Shaylyn Ammerman.
A sign of sympathy

The town of Spencer has been through a lot in just the last month.  One month ago, a car crash landed three teens in the hospital. They are still recuperating. Now they are coping with the death of one-year-old Shaylyn Ammerman.

Normally when you see a sign outside a church, it has some saying on it for passersby to read and contemplate. But one marquee outside a Morgan Street church we saw was blank.  Maybe that's because there are no words to describe what the town of Spencer has gone through.

There are other signs making that point.

"It's tragic. A baby girl a loss of life, a boy or a girl, it's just tragic. It is something you really don't want to think about. It's a sad sad time," Kevin Tylisz told me as we stood in front of the sign along Morgan Street in downtown Spencer.

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That is why Tylisz decided to take down the sign that said Spencer Ford was open for business and replace it with "Rest in Peace, Shaylyn Ammerman."

"For a small community everyone wanted to pour in support, but not everyone knew what was going on at the time with everything. People got a little frustrated that they couldn't form search parties and whatnot, but the sheriff's department seemed to know the direction they were going, so I believe that  is why everything played out the way it did," Tylisz continued.

Just up the road on Morgan Street, we saw another sign that went up this morning in front of Edwards Farm Supply.

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"Everybody today is hurting a little, just a little sadder, because of what's happened," Mike Edwards told us.

It reads simply, "Prayers for our community."

"So when something happens to anyone, especially someone who is small and child-like, it affects  everyone in the community. Not only do we want to pray for her and her family and for all the volunteers and police agencies, we want people to pray for everyone in the community because it does affect everybody," Edwards explained.

Spencer, Indiana has had more than its share of heartache in the last month.  Right now what they are looking for here are answers.  What they are anxious for is Easter.