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Killed Kake teen was a straight-A student who loved to read

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

The Juneau Empire has a good story up introducing us to the 13-year-old teenager whose life was cut short this week in the village of Kake, an island community southwest of Juneau. The body of Mackenzie Howard, the victim of a homicide, was found in the arctic entryway of a church. Details about how she died or whether investigators have tracked down any suspects are being closely guarded by Alaska State Troopers, who have said they are waiting on autopsy results and are in the process of conducting interviews.

“She had a huge goofy personality, she could brighten anyone’s day. She would always brighten my day,” Howard’s older half-sister Miranda James-McGraw, told the Juneau Empire. And Howard is the daughter of well-known parents active in the community.

From the Empire:

Howard is the daughter of Clifton “Kip” Howard and Marla Howard, both active community members and volunteers. Her brother, Nick Dixson, said Kip is the fire chief, the captain of a search and rescue boat and he runs the water plant, and Marla is a former store employee and school secretary. Not long ago, Dixson said his mother planned the 100-year-anniversary celebration for the Kake Memorial Presbyterian Church, where Howard was found in the arctic entryway shortly before midnight on Tuesday.

Candlelight vigils in Kake, Juneau, Anchorage, and other communities took place in remembrance of Howard Friday evening.

Read the full Juneau Empire story here