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10:52 AM, Feb 10, 2008   |    comments
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Watch NewsChannel 5's Sharon Stevens' report on the victims of the shootings (KSDK)The St. Louis County Municipal League held a vigil for Kirkwood Mayor, Mike Swoboda at the chapel inside St. John's Mercy Medical Center Saturday afternoon. More than 75 people attended the service. Reverend Dave Greiner lead the group in prayer and read scripture. Rev. Greiner is a volunteer police chaplain in Hazelwood. The members of the Municipal League are all elected officials and run the same risks as the Kirkwood city officials who were killed. Friends say the Mayor's second surgery appears to be a success. City council members say the mayor's vital signs are improving. The mayor and a reporter from the Suburban Journal who was shot in the hand, are the only shooting victims who survived the horrific shootings Thursday night at the Kirkwood, Mo. City Hall. NewsChannel 5 has learned the mayor was shot in the head twice. He was shot once in the lower jaw and the bullet exited at his cheek. The mayor was also shot in the back of the head. Mayor Swoboda, 69, underwent surgery Thursday night and again Friday morning. The second surgery lasted three hours. Police and family remain on vigil at the medical center, but say they are praying for the friends and families of those who lost their lives Thursday night. Six people, including two Kirkwood police officers, three city employees and the gunmen lost their lives. Swoboda has a long history of service in Kirkwood. He's been Kirkwood’s mayor since 2000 and his in his final term. Before that, he served as a city council member for 16 years and as the finance commissioner for four years. Swoboda also served as president of both the Kirkwood Lions Club and the Kirkwood Historical Society. In 2003, the Missouri House of Representatives named Mayor Swoboda "outstanding Missourian."


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