Public, private gatherings held for young victims

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — About 300 people gathered in a park for a memorial vigil to remember three young sisters found dead in their home in River Falls.

Girls in soccer uniforms wrote number 36 on their cheeks in honor of the teammate they lost — 11-year-old Amara Schaffhausen. She and her sisters, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia, died Tuesday. Police are holding their father on possible homicide charges. Teammates cried and hugged each other and wrote messages to Amara on a soccer ball Wednesday night at Glen Park.

The Star Tribune says some family members and friends attended a private service at the family’s church, Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls.

Homicide charges could be filed against Aaron Schaffhausen Thursday. Authorities say he and his ex-wife, the girls’ mother, had a rocky relationship.